As Keisha Bottoms declares victory as Atlanta's new mayor, Norwood requests recount

As Keisha Bottoms declares victory as Atlanta's new mayor, Norwood requests recount

As Keisha Bottoms declares victory as Atlanta's new mayor, Norwood requests recount

The city of Atlanta ushered in the end of the year with a new mayor-elect on Tuesday, former city council member, Keisha Lance Bottoms. It was a slim victory for Reed, one that was confirmed by a recount requested by Norwood.

"It impacts quality of life because most of us don't know what we're going to run into when we head into the city", she said of Atlanta's notorious traffic jams.

In the sequel, also co-starring Norwood, Keisha Lance Bottoms - a protege of Reed - declared herself the city's new leader early Wednesday and Norwood trailed by just 759, out of 92,169 votes cast.

"This has been a very, very, very long campaign, but as we look ahead toward the future, I look forward to engaging with each of you, making sure that our city continues to move forward", Bottoms said during speech Tuesday night.

A Norwood victory would mean Atlanta - a gentrifying city where the African American share of the population remains a majority but has gone down over the years - would have its first white mayor in more than 40 years.

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"After I sleep, we'll start refocusing on the transition", she said.

A win for Norwood, 65, would give Atlanta its first-ever white female mayor, and end the Democratic Party's hold on an office it has held without interruption since 1879.

Acknowledging this history, Norwood said, "I've done this before". "She's no Johnny-come-lately". Regardless of who wins, Atlanta will have its second female mayor, following Franklin who left office in 2010.

The vote split the city almost in half, with the northern part voting for Norwood and the southern part voting for Bottoms.

"Kasim seemed to be more about what's best for Kasim than what's best for the city", Brower said.

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