PHOTOS: Bottoms, Norwood Meet For Mayoral Runoff Debate

Thursday’s debate — moderated by WABE’s Denis O’Hayer — will also air on 90.1 FM and on PBA30 at 7 p.m.

Atlantans will select their next mayor when they head to the polls on Dec. 5. After the Nov. 7 general election that featured nearly a dozen candidates, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood made it to the runoff.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, the candidates met for a debate hosted by Public Broadcasting Atlanta and the Atlanta Press Club.

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In the general election, Bottoms got 27 percent of the vote, while Norwood got 21 percent.

However, not all voters are pleased with their options for who will become Atlanta’s next mayor. In the weeks leading up to the runoff election, Norwood and Bottoms will vie for the support of voters who chose a different candidate on Nov. 7, especially the large percentage of voters who cast ballots for Cathy Woolard, who came in third.

Woolard, a former City Council president, did especially well on the city’s eastside.

Woolard told WABE last week that she’ll host a forum between the two runoff candidates later this month. She said she hasn’t decided yet who to vote for or whether or not she will endorse anyone.

Thursday’s debate — moderated by WABE’s Denis O’Hayer — will also air on 90.1 FM and on PBA30 at 7 p.m.