By John Schaffner

The four candidates considered the frontrunners in the Atlanta mayoral race will participate in a two-hour forum Sept. 22 sponsored by the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, Trinity Presbyterian Church and other houses of worship, including St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and Ahavath Achim Synagogue.

The Atlanta Mayoral Forum will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, beginning at 7 p.m. and will include candidates Lisa Borders, Mary Norwood, Kasim Reed and Jesse Spikes. The event is free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, six Buckhead neighborhood associations are sponsoring a forum Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. as an opportunity for the public to meet and hear from candidates seeking election Nov. 3 to the contested positions of President of City Council, Dist. 8 City Council seat, the three At-Large Council seats — Posts 1, 2 and 3 — as well as candidate for the Atlanta School Board Dist. 4 seat, all of which represent the Buckhead area.

That forum for council and school board candidates will be held at Northwest Presbyterian Church, 4300 Northside Drive, and is being sponsored by the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association, Paces Civic Association, Peachtree Battle Alliance, South Tuxedo Park, Tuxedo Park Civic Association and Wildwood Civic Association.

The mayoral forum Sept. 22 will be moderated by local political commentators Bill Nigut, formerly the political reporter with WSB-TV and current regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, and Dick Williams, host of the Georgia Gang show on Fox 5 TV and former editorial page columnist for the Atlanta Journal.

Questions are being submitted in advance to candidates. In addition, residents will be able to submit questions at the event. Moderators Nigut and Williams will pose questions on key issues specific to Buckhead and Atlanta overall such as public safety, taxes, finance, parks, schools and transportation.

Jim King, Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods chairman and president of Chastain Park Civic Association, said, “The upcoming mayoral race is extremely important to the future of the areas represented by the BCN. We hope that the Atlanta Mayoral Forum will generate a lot of interest, excitement and debate about the upcoming election and contribute to greater turnout at the polls (Nov. 3).”

For more info, contact Jennifer Moyers, BCN communications chair, 404-934-8330, or Bede Campbell, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 404.495.8428,