President Barack Obama Tuesday made an official endorsement of Kasim Reed for a second term as Mayor of Atlanta. In a statement, Reed’s campaign detailed the president’s praise for Reed’s “fiscal stewardship of the city, investment in young people, commitment to public safety, and efforts to improve infrastructure and create well-paying jobs and business opportunities in the city and state for all Georgians.”
“For nearly four years, Mayor Reed has worked tirelessly to ensure that Atlanta remains one of our nation’s leading cities and a competitive center of commerce and culture in the Southeast,” President Obama said in the release. “He has restored the city’s fiscal condition, reduced crime and implemented after-school programming that serves hundreds of children per week in some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. He has earned a second term. I look forward to partnering with him on issues of importance not only to the city of Atlanta, but also our great country.”
Reed and President Obama have worked together several times since Reed became mayor of Atlanta in 2009 and Reed has voiced support for Obama’s programs, including most recently the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.
This fall, Reed and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal toured the Port of Savannah with Vice President Joseph Biden, who called for expediting port improvement projects on the U.S. East Coast.
“I am deeply honored by President Obama’s endorsement,” said Reed. “I wake up every day humbled to serve as Mayor of the City of Atlanta. This is my dream job, and if I am fortunate enough to earn the trust of the people for a second term on November 5th, I will work hard every day to make our city better. I share President Obama’s vision for a city and nation in which we can improve the lives of working-class families. I will focus on fixing the city’s infrastructure needs, creating more jobs, addressing the challenges faced by our youth and keeping residents and visitors safe. If elected, I am eager to continue working with the President and his Administration on a progressive urban agenda.”
In August, Mayor Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner met with Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House to discuss strategies to reduce youth violence. During the summer of 2012, Mayor Reed met with the President to discuss voting rights.