One day after three candidates qualified for the Atlanta City Council’s District 3 special election, which is set for March 19, another added his name to the list. The election is needed to fill the seat after Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr., 56, died of cancer in November.

Jabari Simama, who previously held the seat for six years, qualified for the race Thursday, following three who qualified on the first day of the three-day qualifying period.

Those candidates include Young’s widow, Shalise Young, who last week announced in a news release she would run, plus Greg Clay, who lost to Young in the 2017 election, and Matthew Charles Cardinale, news editor of the Atlanta Progressive News website and a longtime activist pushing for changes to the Atlanta government.

Qualifying, which is each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ends Friday. The qualifying fee is $1,809. A special runoff election, if needed, will be held April 16.

For more information on the special election or how to qualify, visit

Check back with the Neighbor later today for daily updates on who qualifies for the seat.

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