Loading...
 

content

Surprise! Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms steal the show

The councilwomen and mayoral candidates are headed to a December runoff

MaryPro
Photo credit: Joeff Davis/CL file

Shortly after midnight, the results were clear: Councilwomen Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms topped the charts in Tuesday's general election and will face off in a runoff next month. And now that the once-crowded contest has been whittled down to just two candidates, the heat is on.

Norwood and Bottoms were arguably the two most controversial contenders in Atlanta's mayoral race, but for entirely different reasons. The Buckhead-based Norwood has come under fire from the Democratic Party, due to suspicions of her Right-wing connections. She bills herself as an Independent politico, but she's been seen palling around with prominent GOP personnel and even has a staunch Donald Trump supporter for a campaign treasurer. Coming out as a bonafide Republican could spell trouble for Norwood's chances in the runoff, although, if elected mayor, conservative values would likely be an asset when conferring with lawmakers at the Georgia state House.

Bottoms, on the other hand, caught the ire of some Atlantans largely because of her bond with Mayor Kasim Reed and her alleged proximity to City Hall corruption. Reed and Bottoms were childhood friends, and his endorsement surprised not a soul in the city, although some people worry the Councilwoman, as mayor, would be 'Hizzoner: the sequel.' There are already concerns floating around about some of her campaign contributions, some of which came from city contractors via shady methods.

Luckily, voters now have a few weeks to mull over the options, and the pair of candidates has the breathing room to distinguish themselves in panel discussions and debates.

 

More By This Writer

Behold! Aerotropolis! Article

Turning the no man's land around Atlanta's airport into, well, somewhere
Thursday August 13, 2015 04:00 am EDT

Atlanta Studies archives Manuel's relics before renovations Article

Your favorite old photos and street signs are coming down from Manuel's walls"
Thursday October 1, 2015 04:00 am EDT

Election Day: Mayor's office throws last-minute shade Peter Aman's way (UPDATE) Article

Aman says Reed is 'perilously close to misusing public resources to issue an obviously false statement'
Wednesday November 8, 2017 03:50 pm EST
Aman says Reed is 'perilously close to misusing public resources to issue an obviously false statement' | more...

Election Day: Don't be a no-show at the polls Article

Reason you should vote - Your neighbor probably won't
Wednesday November 8, 2017 03:57 pm EST
Reason you should vote #598: Your neighbor probably won't | more...

Strip club employees, city strike $160,000 settlement over work permits Article

Thursday July 30, 2015 11:09 am EDT
Search for more by Sean Keenan