The political world in Atlanta was rocked on Thursday evening.
"In a stunning announcement Thursday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told supporters that she will not run for reelection this year. Bottoms announced she will not seek a second term as Atlanta's 60th mayor during a private call with friends, staffers and allies, according to two people who were on the call and several others who were told about it," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The mayor's office has schedule a 10 a.m. press conference.
"The move is a shocking reversal for Bottoms, a mayor with a rising national profile who had launched her reelection campaign and held a fundraising event featuring President Joe Biden. The decision creates a wide-open mayor's race this year, and is likely to open the door for a slew of new candidates," the newspaper reported. "The March fundraiser with Biden, which was the first headlined by the president since taking office, raised over $500,000 for Bottoms' reelection bid — a sign of her strong financial standing and national political connections."
Names I’m hearing of possible additions to the mayor race (beyond @KasimReed): Mary Norwood, who lost twice narrowl… https://t.co/PoVerDXcWL— Greg Bluestein (@Greg Bluestein) 1620349645.0
Mayor @KeishaBottoms allies are circulating this polling memo we posted in the jolt a few days ago that showed her… https://t.co/xHlqWf03KK— Greg Bluestein (@Greg Bluestein) 1620350157.0