City Councilman Andre Dickens will become Atlanta’s next mayor, CNN projects
As of Tuesday, polls showed the contest was over with a large swath of voters still undecided.
Dickens, a former entrepreneur and nonprofit leader, has served on the Atlanta City Council since 2013.
Dickens’ proposal calls for increasing the police force by 250 officers in his first year in office while requiring new training for every police department employee in de-escalation techniques and racial sensitivities. .
Ahead of the November 2 general election, shootings have increased dramatically from 406 at the time in 2019 to 629 this year, according to an October 23 report from the Atlanta Police Department.
Although much of their rhetoric about the need for a safer Atlanta was the same, Dickens took a different approach from his opponent on how he would handle policy in the city.
While Moore suggested removing Sheriff Rodney Bryant from his position, Dickens said he would not replace Bryant immediately and would instead give Bryant 100 days to improve the department.