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Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 5:27pm

Endorsements Get Spotlight During Atlanta Mayoral Debate

Atlanta’s mayoral candidates squared off Sunday night during a live Atlanta Press Club debate on Georgia Public Broadcasting television.

Polls show Kasim Reed and Mary Norwood at a statistical tie with just over a week before election day.

Reed has been bolstered in recent weeks by several high-profile endorsements such as those of former Governor Roy Barnes and the Reverend Joseph Lowery.

He attacked Norwood for not garnering endorsements, saying " It should be shocking to the people of Atlanta that after 8 years in office and after 14 years that you claim as a community activist, no one is standing with you, not one member of city council.

Norwood insisted she does have important backers. " I have said that an election is not a team sport, it is not, each of stands on our own, but I know that I have colleagues that are quietly hoping that I will become mayor and they are deep."

On several key issues, both candidates committed to auditing city finances … to fighting crime … and they both said they would not raise taxes.

Reed said he would work to expedite building more reservoirs to secure the city’s water supply, while Mary Norwood said she would find ways for the city to conserve water.

Election day is Tuesday, December 1st.

Click here to watch Sunday's run-off debate.

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