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With the upcoming Atlanta mayoral election two weeks away, music moguls and philanthropists, Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and his manager Chaka Zulu have joined forces to formally throw their support behind Senator Kasim Reed.

Along with Shaquille O’Neal, they will be hosting a celebrity fundraiser to bring the political and entertainment communities behind their candidate of choice. The event is scheduled for October 25th, and will be held at Ludacris’ restaurant Straits, from 8 pm – 11 pm.

Speaking with Creative Loafing, they formally endorsed Kasim last week, stating,

“We believe Reed deserves the edge for several reasons: his strong record of leadership as a minority-party legislator; his solid relationships with state lawmakers; and his clear-eyed, pragmatic vision of Atlanta’s future.”

An endorsement for Reed reads:

“Leaders in Atlanta’s arts and entertainment world have long been strong supporters of Senator Reed. He has worked closely with them for years to help make our city the premier center for creativity and culture in the southeastern United States. In addition, Kasim’s focus on enhancing public safety, bringing jobs to Atlanta and improving our public schools have enabled him to build a large and diverse coalition of supporters. Atlanta needs new leadership and a new direction and Senator Reed is determined to provide both.”

The Atlanta mayoral race will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.