Keisha Lance Bottoms

Keisha Lance Bottoms (born January 18, 1970)[1] is an American politician and lawyer who is the 60th and current mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to becoming mayor, she was a member of the Atlanta City Council, representing part of Southwest Atlanta.[2]

She was elected as mayor in 2017, after receiving the most votes (26 percent) in a crowded field of candidates on Election Day then defeating fellow City Council member Mary Norwood in a runoff.[3][4]

Keisha Lance Bottoms
Keisha Lance Bottoms
60th Mayor of Atlanta
Assumed office
January 2, 2018
Preceded by Kasim Reed
Member of the Atlanta City Council
from the 11th district
In office
January 4, 2010 – January 2, 2018
Preceded by Jim Maddox
Succeeded by Marci Collier Overstreet
Personal details
Born Keisha Lance
January 18, 1970 (age 48)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Derek Bottoms
Children 4
Relatives Major Lance (Father)
Education Florida A&M University (BA)
Georgia State University (JD)
Website Official website

Political career

2017 mayoral election

Bottoms announced she was running for mayor of Atlanta on October 25, 2016.[5] She was among 12 candidates vying to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed, who endorsed Bottoms during the general election.

She finished first in the general election on November 7, 2017 with 26 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Mary Norwood, finished second and the two were forced into a runoff election on December 5, 2017.

During the runoff election, Bottoms received several high level endorsements from members of the Democratic Party, including support from U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Former U.N. Ambassador and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Evans, former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, Georgia State Senators Jason Carter and Elena Parent, and Georgia State Representatives David Dreyer and Pat Gardner. Bottoms also was endorsed by a host of celebrities, including Atlanta natives T.I. and Killer Mike.

On December 5, 2017, Bottoms defeated Norwood in the runoff election by 759 votes. [6] Upon taking office in January 2018, Bottoms is the first native-born resident of Atlanta to serve as mayor since Sam Massell, and only the second female mayor.

Campaign ethics

Bottoms was investigated during the mayoral election for several lump payments to campaign staff totaling over $180,000 that were not properly reported, according to state law.[7] During her campaign, In October 2017, she voluntarily returned $25,700 in campaign contributions she had received from PRAD Group, an engineering firm whose office had been raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation the previous month.[8] On November 4, 2017, she called on the Attorney General of Georgia to investigate fake robocalls made in her name, which her campaign said were laden with racist overtones and were made primarily in white neighborhoods of Atlanta.[9]

Personal life

Bottoms' father was R&B singer-songwriter Major Lance.[10]

Bottoms is a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School (Atlanta), Florida A&M University, and Georgia State University College of Law.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Atlanta City Council - Regular Meeting - Jan 19, 2016" (PDF). atlantaga.gov. p. 73. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Class Actions". College of Law. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  3. ^ FOX. "Bottoms, Norwood in runoff for Atlanta mayor". WAGA. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  4. ^ Gehlbach, Steve (2017-12-21). "Mary Norwood concedes defeat in Atlanta mayoral race". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  5. ^ "Keisha Lance Bottoms running for Atlanta mayor". Keisha Lance Bottoms. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  6. ^ "Bottoms, Norwood in runoff for Atlanta mayor". Fox News. November 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Deere, Stephen; Klepal, Dan. "Atlanta mayoral race: Bottoms campaign disclosures under scrutiny". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  8. ^ "Atlanta mayoral candidate to return donation from embattled contractor". myajc. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  9. ^ "Lance Bottoms calls on Attorney General to investigate fake robocalls days ahead of election". WXIA. 2017-11-04. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  10. ^ "Keisha Lance Bottoms". Keisha Lance Bottoms. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Keisha Lance Bottoms for Atlanta Mayor". Keisha Lance Bottoms. Retrieved 2017-11-08.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kasim Reed
Mayor of Atlanta
2018–present
Incumbent

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