To reporters this morning, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms confirmed the rumour that she will not seek re-election, adding, “it’s time to pass the torch.”
Bottoms said she sent two letters to the city of Atlanta last week, one explaining why she would run for reelection and another explaining why she would not.
Apparently, both letters were remarkably similar, according to her. Bottoms remarked, “Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should do it.”
She insisted that her refusal to consider a second term was a sign of strength, not of weakness.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Gave No Clear Reason
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Friday that she will not run for reelection, giving no specific explanation.
Beyond saying the decision had been in the works for some time and that it was time to “carry the torch on to someone else.”
Bottoms, 51, became the city’s second Black woman mayor after her election in 2017. On the front lines of two of the most pressing issues facing the country over the past year.
She was an early supporter of President Joe Biden and was even considered as a prospective running mate for him.
Atlanta Was Riven by Protests Over George Floyd’s Death
Covid-19 activity peaked in Atlanta, which was also the epicentre of protests following George Floyd’s death in May of last year.
Many people was moved by Bottoms’ impassioned televised news conference after Floyd’s death.
In which she spoke directly to demonstrators in her hometown to convey a message of empathy in the face of racial injustice.
After that, she told them to “go home” and read up on the nonviolent tactics used by civil rights heroes.
However, she was criticised after the June shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, another Black man, by Atlanta police.
After Floyd’s killing, Bottoms announced he would order a review of police policies and practises in the city.
Atlanta On Friday, Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that she will not be running for a second term, citing “the time to transmit the torch” as her primary motivation.
Bottoms told reporters at City Hall that she had debated running for reelection ever since she took office.
She gave no specific reason for her decision but did say she was emotionally done running for reelection.