Keisha Lance Bottoms 60th Mayor Elect of Atlanta, GA

     On the eve of Tuesday, December 5th 2017 Keisha Lance Bottoms became the 60th Mayor Elect of Atlanta, Ga.

 Democratic candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms defeated Independent Mary Norwood in Atlanta's mayoral election, although Councilwoman Norwood refused to concede; Bottoms proceeded with her celebratory speech after her predecessor Mayor Kasim Reed and her husband Derek W. Bottoms formally introduced Bottoms to the crowd of supporters as the next Mayor of Atlanta GA.

Furthermore, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting the results proclaim in favor of Keisha Lance Bottoms with 46,464 votes and Mary Norwood who lost to current Mayor Kasim Reed 8 years ago came in second with 45,705 votes; a tight race to the finish line with only a 700 vote margin between candidates. Georgia law allows a second-place runoff candidate to request a recount if the difference between the two is under 1% of the vote total. Within two weeks of being defeated in the Atlanta mayoral runoff, Mary Norwood officially conceded the race

Councilwoman Norwood released a video saying “For the Future of this city, I believe it is the right thing to do to move on and hold an new administration accountable to serve this great city" “I wish my opponent a term of governance that embodies all that my campaign did embracing every Atlantan and working hard for all Atlantans with grace and dignity," Norwood said in closing. Mayor Elect Bottoms released a statement saying, “This was a long, hard fought campaign and I remain grateful for the support we received across this city. We truly are stronger together and we will move forward as one Atlanta. I appreciate the passion Ms. Norwood has shown towards our city and look forward to working with leaders across Atlanta to continue to improve our communities.”

Mayor Elect Bottoms received endorsements from a plethora of supporter’s days before the actual election boosting her candidacy. Celebrities such as Usher, T.I., Rasheeda, Kirk Frost, Yung Joc, and Killer Mike just to name a few. In addition to the celebrities supporting bottoms, Politician’s backed her candidacy such as: Former Mayor and civil rights icon Andrew Young, her predecessor Kasim Reed Mayor, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia South Carolina, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC,Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, CO, Reverend Joe Beasley with the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, civil rights attorney Mawuli Davis, and Anana Paris with the Sistercare Alliance, and Democratic US Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey appeared in Atlanta the weekend before the runoff election to promote Bottoms candidacy.

Mayor Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms Inauguration was held on Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Bottoms received a standing ovation as she entered into the chapel, over 2,500 Atlantans and supporters watched Bottoms as she was sworn in as Mayor of Atlanta, GA. Bottoms thanked Atlantans for their support, encouragement and faith in her. In addition, Bottoms also said she was compelled to take this path, proclaiming she was elated to become the second woman mayor of Atlanta. As the 60th mayor elect bottom said her administration will roll out a one billion dollar affordability plan that will create equity and provide opportunity for all Atlantans, it will be the largest investment in the city’s history.

About Keisha Lance Bottoms, she’s a compassionate leader and committed public servant. “Since being sworn into office in January 2010, Keisha has represented a large portion of the historic Southwest Atlanta community as a member of the Atlanta City Council. Over the course of her service, Keisha has sponsored groundbreaking legislation that has addressed the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability and helped grow the city’s reserves from $7.4 million to nearly $150 million, in just over five years. She has also authored the toughest Panhandling legislation in the history of the city, which combines empathy with enforcement, and has resulted in offenders receiving often-needed social services to help break the cycle of recidivism. Keisha worked with colleagues to achieve the goal of 2,000 officers within the Atlanta Police force, and to successfully balance the City’s budget each year during her time on Council, without increasing taxes. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and has served as Chair of the Council’s Zoning Committee. During her term as Vice-Chair of the city’s Transportation Committee, the Maynard H. Jackson International terminal at Hartsfield Jackson Airport opened, solidifying Hartsfield Jackson’s place as the busiest airport in the world.  Most recently, Keisha launched Invest in Southwest, a 360-degree urban planning initiative with the goal of revitalizing and expanding economic development within the Southwest Atlanta community.

In addition to her service on the Atlanta City Council, Keisha also serves as Executive Director of The City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA). As Executive Director of AFCRA, Keisha is the chief executive officer of the organization that owns and oversees operations for iconic recreation and entertainment venues across Atlanta, including Turner Field (home of the Atlanta Braves), Philips Arena (home of the Atlanta Hawks), and the world renowned Zoo Atlanta.  AFCRA also operates portions of John A. White Park, where the junior gold program The First Tee is hosted in southwest Atlanta. As Executive Director, Keisha implements public policy, fosters community engagement, works alongside corporate partners, and negotiates and manages government relations and public finance.

Notably, Keisha will work with public, private, and community partners over the next year to spearhead the high-stakes, high-profile transition of Turner Field from a Major League Baseball venue, plan the redevelopment of Philips Arena, and oversee the expansion of Zoo Atlanta,

which combined represents millions of dollars in urban planning and redevelopment projects that will indelibly change the landscape of Atlanta.

Alongside her public service career, Keisha has maintained a private law practice for more than 20 years, and has served as General Counsel for a multi-million dollar business, as well as a Judge (Pro Hoc) in Fulton County State Court. She has worked as a legal analyst and reporter for various media outlets and has served as a guest speaker and panelist during numerous events, speaking on a variety of topics, including, law, community engagement and public policy.

Keisha’s commitment to community and public service has been recognized by the 2013 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She has also been awarded The Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Community Service, the Community Service Icon Award, and the Keeper of the Dream Award. Keisha is a member of the prestigious Leadership Atlanta and has also been honored as one of 10 Outstanding Young Atlantans based upon her professional achievements and dedicated community service.

Keisha has volunteered with numerous community organizations and currently serves on the boards of The Children’s School, the Firefighters’ Pension Fund, Atlanta Mayoral Board of Service, the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA, Central Atlanta Progress, and is a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights – Women’s Solidarity Society. She also serves on the Board of Families First, where she shares her personal story of adoption, and advocates on behalf of adoption and foster care. Keisha has previously served on the Boards of the YWCA of Atlanta, CURE for Childhood Cancer, the Atlanta Cyclorama Task Force, and as a trustee of Ben Hill United Methodist Church. She is also currently serving her second, consecutive term as gala chair for the National Black Arts Festival, which raises more than a half-million dollars annually in support of the country’s oldest multidisciplinary arts organization focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent.

Keisha is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Dogwood City Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University, Magna Cum Laude, and Georgia State University College of Law.

Keisha is the daughter of the late American R&B singer and British “Northern soul” icon Major Lance and Sylvia Robinson. She is wife to Derek W. Bottoms with whom she shares the privilege of being the parent of four wonderful children.” Biography http://keishalancebottoms.net/

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