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Mayor Bottoms to run for second term in 2021

The mayor assumed office in January 2018.

ATLANTA — Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will seek a second term when she is up for re-election in 2021, a spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

Bottoms assumed office in January 2018, after defeating Mary Norwood by a margin of a little over 800 votes.

Now about halfway through her first term, she has pursued what she's called a "One Atlanta" policy platform with focuses on economic expansion, affordable housing and criminal justice reform.

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Her 2019 was marked by expanding the BeltLine to the south side, announcing pay raises for Atlanta's firefighters, and making progress on her criminal justice reform priorities - such as her efforts to close the city jail and her moves to restrict public access to minor offense records - as well as her affordable housing and homeless initiatives. 

It also, in December, featured the state announcing an ethics investigation into her and Norwood's 2017 campaigns.

RELATED: Mayor Bottoms endorses Joe Biden in 2020 Democratic race

If re-elected in 2021, Bottoms would serve as mayor through 2025. Atlanta mayors are only allowed two terms.


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