ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms introduced Thursday night time she wouldn’t search re-election for a second time period as town’s mayor.
Bottoms was elected in 2017 after a detailed election towards her opponent Atlanta Metropolis Councilwoman Mary Norwood. She was town’s second Black girl govt.
Bottoms publicly introduced the choice in a letter posted to her Twitter account after a non-public name with staffers, household and buddies.
“As Derek and I’ve given considerate prayer and consideration to the season now earlier than us,
it’s with deep feelings that I maintain my head excessive, and select to not search one other time period as Mayor,” mentioned Bottoms.
The mayor is anticipated to talk publicly Friday morning.
Her letters additionally dismissed any criticisms the choice was made primarily based on her lack of ability to win.
“‘Can she win once more?’ ABSOUTELY. A number of credible polls have proven that if the race for
Mayor have been held immediately, I’d be re-elected,” wrote Bottoms.
Bottoms is Atlanta’s sixtieth mayor and navigated town via the coronavirus, an increase in crime and the 2020 election.
Bottoms’ tenure has been a mixture of rough-and-tumble Metropolis Corridor politics and an ever-brightening nationwide highlight for her past town. She was amongst Biden’s earliest endorsers and watched her profile rise early through the coronavirus pandemic and the renewed consideration on policing in the USA after George Floyd’s killing by a white Minneapolis officer final spring.
She drew plaudits for a nationally televised information convention wherein she chided protesters to “go residence” whereas noting her personal experiences as a mom of Black sons to empathize with residents distraught over police violence.
She had been reportedly provided a cupboard place within the Biden administration, however turned it down to stay Atlanta’s mayor.
Biden marked 100 days in workplace in Georgia with rallies and marketing campaign occasions for Bottoms and Georgia’s two Democratic senators.
Bottoms got here to the mayor’s workplace as an ally of her predecessor, Kasim Reed, whose endorsement proved crucial in her marketing campaign. However she sought to ascertain her personal identification, in no small half due to a long-running FBI investigation in Metropolis Corridor contracts and funds throughout Reed’s tenure.
The “far-reaching and ever-growing” investigation, she mentioned Thursday, “consumed Metropolis Corridor, usually leaving workers paralyzed, and fearful of creating the smallest of errors, lest they too be investigated, or castrated on the night information.”
Bottoms has by no means been implicated.
Early in her time period, Bottoms eradicated money bail in Atlanta and ended town jail’s relationship with federal immigration enforcement companies, becoming a member of big-city mayors across the nation in criticizing then-President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration insurance policies. Her administration navigated a cyberattack on town’s laptop programs early in her tenure.
She helped renegotiate the long-term redevelopment of “The Gulch,” a part of town’s outdated railroad footprint downtown. However the metropolis didn’t rating the largest potential prize for the placement: the second Amazon headquarters that as a substitute is being in-built northern Virginia, exterior Washington, D.C.
An Atlanta native and graduate of Florida A&M College, a outstanding traditionally Black school, Bottoms is simply the second Black girl to guide town. She joined Shirley Franklin, who served two phrases from 2002-2010. Bottoms famous her household’s deep ties to town and surrounding area whose historical past traces Black America’s arc from slavery and Jim Crow segregation to the continuing legacy of institutional racism.
“My ancestors, direct descendants of the as soon as enslaved, traveled by horse and buggy from the cotton fields of east Georgia in quest of a greater life for themselves and their youngsters in Atlanta,” she wrote. “I’ve carried their perception for a greater tomorrow in my coronary heart, their earnest work ethic in my being, and their hopes for generations not but born on my thoughts, every day that I’ve been privileged to function the sixtieth Mayor of Atlanta.”
Bottoms conludes her letter with, “I like you Atlanta. Thanks for the consideration of serving as your Mayor.
With Atlanta in my coronary heart and Georgia on my thoughts.”
Learn the total letter
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