Fresh off a strong third place finish in this week’s mayoral election, Cathy Woolard will be hosting what she calls “a conversation about issues, values and vision” with the remaining two candidates in the race.
Woolard, who finished with 17 percent of the vote and dominating the DeKalb County vote, is calling her event the #FightingForATL Conversation.
“I’ve heard and considered calls for me to endorse one of the remaining candidates,” Woolard said. “More than any candidate, I stand behind the ideas I laid out across my campaign. Affordable housing, improved transportation, commitment to livability, and clean government are achievable in Atlanta.
“These are the issues voters care about in every neighborhood. I continue to endorse those ideas.”
Norwood received 16,134 votes behind Mary Norwood’s 20,144 and Keisha Lance Bottoms’ 25,347. Lance Bottoms and Norwood face each other in a Dec. 5 runoff to elect Atlanta’s 60th mayor in history.
“I’m convening the #FightingForATL Conversation so the thousands of voters who supported me in this election can get clear answers about whether the remaining two contenders share our commitment to the values and vision that galvanized my supporters on Tuesday,” Woolard said. “I’m thrilled both candidates vying for the top office have agreed to participate.”
Details on when and where the #FightingForATL Conversation will be held are still being confirmed. Woolard will release final details early next week. The event will be open to the public.
Here is Woolard’s statement on the overall election results:
“We finished strong. We were able to knock on tens of thousands of doors, make many more thousands of phone calls, be present at more forums than should legally be permitted during an election, and connect with more Atlantans than many outside our team thought possible. I was able to keep a contest that could easily have become about a number of different things centered on what really matters—how we can make sure Atlanta capitalizes on its promise.
“Atlanta can have affordable housing at every income level, Atlanta can have a world-class transit system, and this city can be a Southern beacon of hope, equality, and good governance at a time when our nation so desperately needs to be reminded of the excellence it’s capable of achieving. I believed these things when I ran for city council president, I believed them when I decided to run for mayor, and I'll continue to believe them well into the future.
“I can say with confidence that our ideas won, and you can bet our next mayor will be borrowing from our blueprints.”