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William B. Hartsfield loses Atlanta mayor's race
September 4, 1940 Hartsfield loses race to remain Atlanta's mayor
  William B. Hartsfield loses Atlanta mayor's race


When the votes were counted for the Democratic Primary, William Hartsfield was in shock. The man who had brought the Gone With The Wind premiere to Atlanta less than a year before and who had turned a budget deficit into a significant surplus was defeated by Chamber of Commerce president Roy LeCraw, who squeaked by the incumbent mayor (Hartsfield) by campaigning on the issue of speed traps, which Hartsfield had been using to boost the city treasury.




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