Atlanta City Council Declares a Vacancy in the District 3

The Atlanta City Council held a special called meeting Wednesday to declare a vacancy in the District 3 seat due to the untimely death of Council member Ivory lee Young Jr. Young passed away earlier this month.

A special election to fill the unexpired term of the District 3 seat will be held on March 19, 2019. If necessary, a runoff will be held on April 16, 2019. Qualifying to run for the seat will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

Matthew Cardinale, an activist and the news editor and founder of Atlanta Progressive News, says he’s making a run for it. Cardinale has been a fixture at City Hall for years, pushing for progressive policies via writing, speaking, lawsuits, research, a bit of scolding, a bit of humor, drafting legislation, and drafting … lyrics.

If you’ve heard of a guy who personally took Atlanta City Council all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court for holding an unrecorded vote in private — and won — that was him. Before he even started law school.

Or if you’ve heard of a guy who sometimes delivers public comment at City Hall via rapping or singing, that’s him too.

Matthew Cardinale on the steps at City Hall

Torrie Redding