Cathy Woolard to Host Mayoral Race Conversation

Cathy Woolard got 17 percent of the vote in this week’s crowded mayoral race.
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Cathy Woolard, who finished in third place for Atlanta mayor, says she’ll host a forum between the two runoff candidates later this month.

Woolard got 17 percent of the vote in this week’s crowded mayoral race. She said she hasn’t decided yet on who to vote for, or whether or not she will endorse anyone.

The two candidates, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood, will face each other in a Dec. 5 runoff.

“I thought that I would just host a conversation and ask the kind of questions about the issues that I ran on and try to see if I can come to a conclusion,” Woolard said.

Bottoms got 27 percent of the vote, while Norwood got 21 percent of the vote. Woolard did well in much of Atlanta’s eastside, and political analysts say Bottoms and Norwood each will need to court the voters who cast their ballots for Woolard.

Woolard said she’s heard from many of her supporters about what she thinks of the two candidates, but said she hasn’t decided on who to back, and wanted her supporters to have a chance to be part of the forum.

“I’m fighting for ATL, affordability, transportation and livability, plus ethical government, and I want to listen a little bit closer to these two to see who comes closest to having the same kind of vision that I had,” Woolard said.

The conversation, called #FightingforATL, will take place the week of Nov. 27, Woolard said.