ATLANTA -- Andre Dickens did something Tuesday nobody else had done in twelve years: He unseated an Atlanta city council member. He did it in spite of Mayor Kasim Reed's backing of his opponent, three-term city councilman Lamar Willis.
Now Dickens looks ahead to working with the mayor who worked so hard to beat him. "I'm not so much concerned with what Mayor Reed's opinions are in this race. It's more about the city of Atlanta," Dickens said Wednesday afternoon.
Dickens will have company. Mary Norwood is best remembered as the candidate for mayor who came within a few hundred votes of beating Reed four years ago. Tuesday, Norwood also beat a city council incumbent backed by Reed, Aaron Watson.
Although Reed won re-election in a landslide Tuesday -- he faces two new potential wild cards on the council.
"I'm not going down there to give anybody heartburn," Norwood said Wednesday. "When one is in this arena, one needs to be an adult."
Norwood and Dickens may take office by the time the council votes to approve construction bonds on the mayor's pet project -- the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. Norwood says she has no opinion on the project. "I got no feedback at all" during the campaign on the stadium issue, Norwood said.
Dickens says he heard a lot of frustration about the stadium project during the campaign.
"It's pretty much a done deal as far as its structure. But a lot of people weren't comfortable with it," Dickens said.
The obvious question for Norwood is whether she'll run for mayor again in 2017. Norwood now says no. She would prefer to accomplish what she wants from her city council seat.