Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was elected in 2017, announced Thursday she won’t search reelection.
In an announcement, Lance Bottoms wrote she got here to her choice after quite a lot of praying, considering, and discussions along with her husband, Derek.
“As Derek and I’ve given considerate prayer and consideration to the season now earlier than us,
it’s with deep feelings that I maintain my head excessive, and select to not search one other time period as Mayor,” Lance Bottoms wrote.
The Florida A&M graduate added her choice was not based mostly on an incapacity to fundraise, a perception that she wouldn’t be reelected, or a concern of competitors in a reelection bid.
“I’ve engaged in a number of elections, going through a number of candidates, and by no means as soon as have I cowered from the competitors,” Bottoms added.
Lance Bottoms endorsed President Joe Biden months earlier than he grew to become the Democratic frontrunner as she stumped for him in Iowa.
Throughout her time period in workplace, Lance Bottoms took a measured and detailed method to a number of points the town confronted. Simply three months into her time period, two Iranian residents pulled off a ransomware assault that affected the town’s pc system.
Undeterred, Lance Bottoms made vital progress throughout her time in workplace, abolishing drug testing for metropolis jobs, passing legal justice reforms, and ending the town’s contacts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Lance Bottoms additionally fought with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who filed a lawsuit in opposition to her over the coronavirus restrictions she enforced, which had been extra restrictive than the restrictions Kemp carried out. Lance Bottoms additionally included a masks mandate.
She was additionally tasked with calming the town throughout protests after the demise of George Floyd and the shooter who killed eight individuals together with six Asian ladies at Atlanta-area therapeutic massage parlors.
The mayor has not indicated what she is going to do after she leaves workplace.
“Whereas I’m not but sure of what the longer term holds, I belief that my subsequent season will proceed to be one filled with ardour and goal, guided by the idea that inside every of us is the facility and duty to make a constructive distinction within the lives of others.”