Atlanta’s Mayor Elect Is Keisha Lance-Bottoms

Author: Jean Ross

Close to midnight the results of one of most contentious races in Atlanta politics were announced. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Keisha Lance Bottoms won the race for Atlanta Mayor with 46,464 votes. Mary Norwood who also lost to current Mayor Kasim Reed 8 years ago came in second with 45,705 votes.

In her acceptance speech Keisha Lance Bottoms called for all of Atlanta to come together declaring that “You are Atlanta, I am Atlanta, We are Atlanta.”

Former Mayor Bill Campbell called the victory “astounding” and said the win shows the African American community believes in the long line of African American leadership.

Councilwoman Mary Norwood did not concede the race and said she would wait until Thursday for provisional and absentee ballots to be counted.

In other races, longtime City Councilwoman Felicia Moore soundly defeated Councilman Alex Wan for the office of City Council President.

In Fulton County Rob Pitts won the race for County Commission Chairman and Natalie Hall won a seat as County Commissioner from the 4th District.

More results on Wednesday.

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