Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Will Not Seek Reelection

Henrietta Strickland
May 7, 2021

She noted numerous challenges that the city had been through over the last three years, including a crippling cyberattack and a federal investigation that she inherited from the previous administration.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, announced on Thursday that she will not be running for a second term as mayor. "There was last summer".

"I never anticipated a social justice movement".

"Being Mayor with President Biden in the White House has made a world of difference". "And at every turn, and every opportunity, this city rose above and I am so proud of that".

Bottoms declared that she can "absolutely" win again.

"If this race was held today, I would win it without a runoff", she said Friday.

Signaling a falling-out with Reed, Bottoms pledged not to interfere with her successor.

"This is not something I woke up and decided yesterday", she said.

Bottoms is scheduled to speak at a press conference set for 10 a.m. Friday. She praised his continued support. "This is not a protest ..."

Bottoms was also thrust into the national spotlight during the national civil rights upheaval ignited by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last May. The officer, Garrett Rolfe, was sacked last June, a day after he shot Brooks in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.

"Atlanta needs someone who will prioritize Atlanta's most vulnerable - which is not Buckhead residents", the strategist said, referring to the city's affluent residential and commercial district.

The announcement comes days after the reinstatement of the Atlanta police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks in June.

Three months into her term, the city was hit with "the largest cyber-attack in municipal government history, taking our systems off line for months, in exchange for a ransom that we would not pay", she said. "But don't ever question whether or not I care", Bottoms said this week.

Bottoms faced a number of issues in the city over the past year regarding crime and public safety.

"We've had a very challenging year in this city and we are unfortunately not alone", Bottoms said. "So whether I am mayor of this city or not, I will do everything that I can possibly do to keep our communities safe".

Early in her term, Bottoms eliminated cash bail in Atlanta and ended the city jail's relationship with federal immigration enforcement agencies, joining big-city mayors around the country in criticizing then-President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies. "This is where my family lives".

Bottoms also made clear she did not join President Biden's Cabinet because she wanted to remain committed to her term as mayor. He later considered her for the vice presidency, though he eventually chose Kamala Harris, now the first woman to hold the national office.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday night first reported the news, citing two sources who attended a virtual meeting where Bottoms announced the news to top supporters. "It is my honest hope that over the next several months, a candidate for Mayor will emerge whom the people of Atlanta may entrust to lead our beloved city to its next and best chapter".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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