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In a move that shocked Georgian political circles, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bouts announced he would not seek re-election later this year. The first term was fundraising, including a virtual fundraiser with President Joe Biden, for her re-election.
On Thursday night, Bottoms posted a lengthy open letter and a sleekly produced video on dearatl.com explaining her decision. In it, she notes a list of achievements she has made during her tenure, such as investing in affordable housing and tens of millions of dollars spent on homelessness. First, she told close friends, employees and allies of her decision privately, according to The Constitution of the magazine in Atlanta.
“Although I’m still not sure what’s in the future,” she wrote. “I believe that my next season will continue to be filled with passion and purpose, driven by the belief that each of us has the strength and responsibility to have a positive change in the lives of others.”
Her announcement sparked speculation online that she could run for a higher post in Georgia. The state gubernatorial election is next year.
Bottoms is scheduled to speak at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.
Tracking the record
Bottoms’ public letter details her experience as mayor and the many obstacles her administration faced during her time as Atlanta leader.
Three months after her term, the city was hit by “the biggest cyber attack in the history of the municipal government, which shuts down our systems for months in exchange for a ransom we will not pay,” she said.
She also led the city through a federal investigation into the previous administration, an increase in violent crime in the city, a mass shooting at massage parlors in March and a coronavirus pandemic. The bottoms at one point are positive for the virus.
Dane has turned against any potential claims she fears she could not win another term.
“Can he raise funds?” “YES,” she wrote. With the support of President Biden, I had the most successful fundraiser from any mayor in the history of Atlanta. “Can he win again?” Numerous reliable opinion polls show that if the mayoral race is held today, I will be re-elected. “
Danotos is seen as a rising national star in the Democratic Party, making her decision not to seek re-election even more surprising. At one point, she was on a list that could potentially serve as President Joe Biden’s vice president. She later turned down an offer to serve in Biden’s office.