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Mary-Pat Hector held a press conference Thursday about potentially being disqualified a month into her campaign. She is 19 years old and a student at Spelman College.
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Next week, DeKalb County elections officials will decide how you old you have to be to run for office in the new city of Stonecrest.

A 19-year-old Spelman student, Mary-Pat Hector, is running for City Council, but one of her opponents is contesting her candidacy because of her age.

"I'm not fighting this just for myself, but for young people all over the country who believe that they could, but who are not being allowed to run for office," Hector said.

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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A new police chief has been named for the city of Atlanta.

Mayor Kasim Reed announced Thursday that deputy chief Erika Shields was appointed the position as the city's 24th police chief. She is replacing George Turner, who is retiring.

Shields will start Dec. 28.

She is a 21-year-old veteran of the Atlanta Police Department serving as patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, major and deputy chief of the Field Operations Division.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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The Atlanta Police Department has said it will hand all over all officer-involved shooting cases to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

APD will also turn over use of force cases involving death or serious injury.