ATLANTA – Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood formally tossed her hat into the ever-growing ring of those vying to replace Kasim Reed as Atlanta’s mayor in November 2017 on Wednesday.

"Today I'm taking the first step in becoming your next Mayor. I'm following the law and filing to accept contributions. Over the next several weeks, I will continue to be in communities throughout our city with Atlantans from every part of our great city," Norwood said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "I am running for Mayor of Atlanta to give all Atlantans a responsible, transparent and accountable government that will ensure that we have a safe city, a sustainable city and a prosperous city for ALL of our citizens. With over 25 years of citywide service, I have a unique understanding of our city's communities--their issues, needs, and aspirations. As this city's next Mayor, I will make certain that every community in this great city has the quality of life they deserve. Your issues will be my issues and they will be addressed so that our city will be safe and you will have the accountability that you desire and expect from your city government."

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Along with Norwood, other declared mayoral candidates include current City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Councilmal Kwanza Hall, former City Council President Cathy Woolard, former city COO Peter Aman, Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts, State Rep. Margaret Kaiser, Businessman Al Bartell, Former Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Director Michael Sterling, and Civil Rights Activist Tommy Youngblood Jr.

Other names that political watchers expect to look seriously at the race include state Sen. Vincent Fort, and City Counclmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms, Felicia Moore, Alex Wan, Michael Julian Bond and Ivory Young.