ATLANTA -- A high profile mayoral forum is about to get underway at the Carter Center. It will feature the two candidates in the runoff, Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms, and a third candidate who barely missed the cut.
Undecided voters are at state. Cathy Woolard finished a surprisingly strong third place in the Nov. 7 election. Now, she gets to grill the two remaining candidates on issues important to her and her thousands of supporters.
When Woolard ran, she talked at-length about affordable living in Atlanta, transportation alternatives and the city’s liveability. She was also the race’s only openly gay candidate.
She held Tuesday’s forum to ask questions of remaining candidates Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.
“What I’m hoping to see is a little more original thinking,” she said. “But I’m hoping they will let us all see a little bit more of the less-scripted side of why they’re running for mayor.”
When voters cast ballots on Nov. 7, Atlanta’s northside precincts went for Norwood while Lance Bottoms dominated the south side. But Woolard won precincts on Atlanta’s rapidly-growing east side. Many of those voters, like Jeff Graham, are now undecided in the runoff.
“I have really struggled with deciding how I personally plan on voting,” he said.
Graham said he had plans to attend the Carter Center forum.
“I’m very pleased that Cathy is doing this,” he said. “I think a lot of Cathy’s supporters are looking to this tonight to craft our decision.”
Graham is also the director of Georgia Equality, the state’s largest LGBTQ organization. But, he’s not a single-issue voter. He’s undecided right now.
But he may not be by the end of the night.