“Currently, the City of Atlanta government has designed itself to interact with corporations.
“The time is now to establish a city government to interact with community stakeholders and prevent public policy exclusion, corporate economic control and disruptive neighborhood gentrification.” — Al Bartell, candidacy announcement May 2016
In April 2016, Al Bartell held a “Black Media Matters” news conference when the decision was made to dismiss a renown black news journalist and reporter Maynard Eaton from the Saporta Report. The dismissal came after an article Eaton wrote brought to light questionable campaign activities of a prominent Fulton County attorney. A few weeks later, Bartell announced his candidacy for Mayor, following the Mercedes Benz Stadium Super Bowl announcement.