Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she’s not sure what’s next – but it has been one of the highest honors to serve as mayor of Atlanta.
“In the same way that it was very clear to me, almost five years ago, that I should run for mayor of Atlanta—it’s is abundantly clear to me today that it is time to pass the baton on to someone else,” explained Mayor Bottoms during an early Friday morning press conference.
Atlanta’s 60th mayor said even after raising campaign funds and projection polls indicate she could be elected to serve a second term—her decision not to run was made from a place of strength, after thoughtful prayer and consideration.
“In the same way the people have the opportunity to make a decision every four years, candidates also have the opportunity to make a decision,” said Bottoms.
During the conference, Bottoms praised the work of her team for standing in the gap to serve and discussed several challenges that she faced during her term, including inherited challenges from the previous administration, leading during a global health crisis and social justice movement and not having support from President Donald Trump.
“In every turn and every opportunity, this city rose above and I am so proud of that,” said Bottoms.
At times during the conference, Bottoms became emotional, seemingly holding back tears.
She also cited that no incident or challenge led to her decision—and that she will continue to lead Atlanta through the end of her term in January.
On Friday’s edition of “Closer Look” Atlanta-based political strategist Fred Hicks shared his thoughts on the mayor’s decision and discussed who he thinks could be the next leader of Georgia’s capital city.
To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.