ATLANTA - Seven candidates for mayor debated on Wednesday night in the Atlanta Mayoral Forum, hosted by 11Alive through a partnership with the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, the AARP and the American Cancer Society.
11Alive anchor Jeff Hullinger moderated the debate.
Participating in the forum were the candidates who have polled the highest in the race to become Atlanta's 60th mayor in history: City councilors Mary Norwood, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Kwanza Hall, city council president Ceasar Mitchell, former city councilor Cathy Woolard, state Sen. Vincent Fort, and former Atlanta COO Peter Aman.
Topics ranged from transportation and crime to the pro and cons of gentrification and housing.
A total of 13 candidates are running for mayor. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, and a runoff, if needed, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5.
In a recent, exclusive 11Alive poll, Mary Norwood was the clear front runner, with 28 percent of the vote. Second was Keisha Lance Bottoms, with 15 percent. Both are current members of the Atlanta City Council.
Norwood narrowly lost to now-incumbent Mayor Kasim Reed in 2009.
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