ATLANTA, Georgia — Keisha Lance Bottoms has been declared the new Mayor for the city of Atlanta, Georgia representing the Democratic Party – becoming the 60th person to claim the honor. Bottoms, 47, delivered a celebratory speech alongside sitting Mayor Kasim Reed, who backed her bid after voters delivered a near-split decision in the city’s mayoral contest on Tuesday.
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Keisha Bottoms, declared herself the winner of the race early Wednesday morning, while her opponent, Mary Norwood, an Independent, requested a recount. Bottoms led the race by a margin of less than 1 percent, which is the threshold where the second-place finisher can request a recount under state law, according to The Associated Press.
“I am just in awe of what God is able to do,” Bottoms said. “I’m so honored to be your 60th mayor.
Just over 92,000 people voted in Tuesday’s runoff, which was held after no candidate received an absolute majority in November’s election. Bottoms led the general election, 26 percent to 21 percent.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post
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