By John Schaffner
Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood received the endorsement of the 450-member Atlanta firefighters’ union Aug. 14, and in turn vowed to reopen Fire Station 7, located in the West End neighborhood, which was closed last year during city budget cuts.
“This station needs to be opened,” Norwood said outside Fire Station 7, where the endorsement was announced. Norwood also said she wanted to see more firefighters on trucks.
Norwood said she could not offer a plan on how she would pay for such changes until she is elected, when she’d have a better idea of the city’s finances.
Throughout her campaign, and as she explained her vote against this year’s city budget, Norwood has said that during her terms on City Council she hasn’t received from the present administration an accounting of the city’s financials that she felt was believable.
Other mayoral candidates, like state Sen. Kasim Reed [D-Atlanta], have also said they will reopen the fire station.The Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters Association said it endorsed eight-year City Council member Norwood because of her track record of support for more equipment and staff for the Fire Rescue Department. Union leader Lt. Jim Daws said the group voted the endorsement Aug. 11 and about 90 percent went for Norwood.
In a related event, At-Large City Council member Ceasar C. Mitchell announced that the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council, AFL-CIO on Aug. 12 endorsed him to become president of the Atlanta City Council.