TransFormation Alliance to host Atlanta political candidate forum focused on equity

The live-streamed candidate forums will give Atlantans a chance to hear candidates’ priorities for policies that center community voices to address racial equity across a wide range of issues.

ATLANTA (August 18, 2021) - Atlanta residents will have the opportunity to ask local government candidates the hard questions about their plans to address racial equity through the interconnected issues of climate, jobs, health, housing, and mobility when #TransFormationTuesdays, hosted by the TransFormation Alliance (TFA) and its issue champions, kicks off Tuesday, August 24. 

The series is sponsored by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Georgia Advancing Communities Together, in partnership with fellow TransFormation Alliance issue champions: ARCHI Health Collaborative, Enterprise Community Partners, Generator, Georgia STAND-UP, Partnership for Southern Equity and West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. All sessions will be live streamed and recorded for viewing after the event. 

The forums will give community members a chance to ask political contenders about the policies that matter most  ahead of the November 2nd elections: do the candidates have a passion for accelerating climate action? Do they bring business-as-usual perspectives or a genuine commitment to lifting up resident voices in decision making? Who is all talk about protecting legacy residents from displacement, and who has aligned values and a real track record? 

"As election activity continues to gather steam and Atlanta approaches the final campaign months for the mayor’s office and city council seats, we want to make sure we lift up the issues that matter most to under-resourced communities,” says Suzanne Burnes of Partnership for Southern Equity, TFA’s racial equity champion. “This forum will give voters an opportunity to have their voices heard and ask their crucial questions so they can make informed decisions when filling out their ballots this fall.”

The full schedule is as follows: 

  • Tuesday, August 24 - 11:30 a.m. - Candidates running for contested seats in Atlanta City Council Districts 1-3 and Post 1 At-Large.
  • Tuesday, August 31 - 11:30 a.m. - Candidates running for contested seats in Atlanta City Council Districts 4 - 8.
  • Tuesday, September 14 - 11:30 a.m. - Candidates running for contested seats in Atlanta City Council Districts 9-12 and Post 3 At-Large.
  • Tuesday, September 21 - 11:30 a.m. - Atlanta City Council candidates running unopposed. 
  • Tuesday, September 28 - 11:30 a.m. Candidates running for Atlanta City Council President. 
  • Tuesday, October 5 - 5:00 p.m. - Youth-led mayoral candidate forum. 

For more information on the series, a full schedule and to register, please visit:


About TransFormation Alliance:

The TransFormation Alliance is a broad partnership of organizations from the private, public and nonprofit sectors dedicated to creating thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit and linked to all the opportunities and amenities that make Atlanta great. Their mission is to offer all residents the opportunities for a high quality of life, linked by our region’s critically important transit system.


About Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: 

For 30 years, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has advocated for safe, sustainable transportation solutions for all Atlantans. In 2019, the organization debuted its new mission — to reclaim Atlanta’s streets as safe, inclusive, and thriving spaces for people to ride, walk, and roll. For more information about the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s work, visit or follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @AtlantaBike.


About Georgia Advancing Communities Together:

Georgia Advancing Communities Together, or Georgia ACT, provides advocacy, networking and support for member organizations and professionals engaged in housing and community development in Georgia. The mission is to build and support a statewide network of thriving member organizations and trained professionals engaged in housing and community development serving families with limited housing choices.


Media Contact: 

Rebecca Serna 

Executive Director, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

[email protected]