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Kasim Reed kicks off reelection campaign
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Kasim Reed kicks off reelection campaign

ATLANTA -- Popular Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed kicked off his 2013 reelection campaign with a rally on the front steps of City Hall.

The 44-year-old mayor said he held Monday's event mainly to reassure everyone he has no other political ambitions despite receiving several offers.

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"I've got my dream job," the former Democratic state lawmaker said. "Sorry if people think I don't aim high enough ... my mother thinks I should be a senator by now."

"I think I make the mayor's office look sexy," Reed added with a laugh.

When asked about his plans four years from now, he said he wasn't sure.

Reed was first elected mayor in December 2009 after beating city councilwoman Mary Norwood by only 714 votes.

Since winning the office, he said he's increased the city's financial reserves, reformed a bleeding pension plan, hired more police officers, stopped furloughs and layoffs, and lowered crime.

When asked how he would grade his first term, Reed gave himself an "incomplete." He said his final grade will come in four years.

When asked if there is anything he would've done differently during his first term, Reed paused and then said, "You got me there!"

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