Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will not seek re-election
New York isn’t the only city to elect a new mayor this year.
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta Mayor announced late Thursday that she would not seek a second term after what she called “thoughtful prayer and consideration”.
The Democrat gave no specific reason for her decision not to run. In their announcement it was pointed out that “[m]Several credible polls have shown that if the mayor race took place today, I would be re-elected. ”
She also referred to a fundraiser in March under the headline of President Biden, which reportedly raised more than $ 500,000 for her potential re-election offer.
Bottoms’ political star rose in the Democratic presidential race after her endorsement by Biden in June 2019, and many believed she was shortlisted to be his running mate. After Biden’s election, Bottoms reportedly turned down the offer of a cabinet post, although it remains unclear what position she was offered.
Bottoms has been criticized for their handling of public safety as Atlanta was one of many cities to see crime rates rise in 2020. 157 murders were committed in the city last year, most since 1990.
The mayor was also thrown back by local police for her reaction to the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Officer Garrett Rolfe. Rolfe was initially fired (although recently reinstated and taken on administrative leave), and criminal charges were later released leading to officials holding a sick protest called “blue flu.”
According to the Atlanta Journal’s constitution, more than 200 local police officers resigned last year, many of them following Chief Erika Shields’ resignation after the Brooks shooting.
“It became an untenable situation,” Shields told the newspaper. “There were several things that made my job too difficult to do.”
For their part, Bottoms described attempts to blame the rise in murders as “misguided frustration.”
Potential mayoral candidates have until August 20th to submit documents to take part in the race. The mayoral election will take place on November 2nd, with a possible runoff four weeks later.
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