Atlanta, Georgia, USA: With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms is Atlanta Mayor-elect, having received 759 votes more than her opponent, Mary Norwood.
Following the election results, Mayor Kasim Reed introduced Mary Norwood as the 60th mayor of Atlanta.
“I am just in awe of what God is able to do,” Atlanta Mayor-elect, Keisha Lance Bottoms, told a crowd of cheering supporters. “I’m so honored to be your 60th mayor.”
At the same time Bottoms declared victory, Mary Norwood took the podium at her own rally and said that absentee ballots from military members were yet to figure in the totals, and that she believes that some ballots have yet to be tabulated.
“We will be asking for a recount,” Norwood said. “It’s not over yet.”
For nearly eight years, Atlanta Mayor-elect, Keisha Lance Bottoms has represented a large portion of the historic Southwest Atlanta community as a member of the Atlanta City Council.
Keisha Lance Bottoms has served as Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and as Chair of the Council’s Zoning Committee.
Keisha Lance Bottoms has also served as Executive Director of The City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA).
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 also worked as a legal analyst and reporter for various media outlets.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named Keisha Lance Bottoms as a Who’s Who in Sports Business. She is a member of the prestigious Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013 and was honored in 1997 as one of 10 Outstanding Young Atlantans based upon her professional achievements and dedicated community service.
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 Major Lance and Sylvia Robinson. She is married to Derek W. Bottoms and they have four children.
Tuesday’s runoff election was triggered by the Nov. 7 general election, in which Mary Norwood finished second with 22 percent of the vote to Keisha Lance Bottoms’ 27 percent.