Political Breakfast: Runoff for Atlanta Mayor; Confederate Monuments

Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood are the remaining two candidates in Atlanta's mayoral contest. The runoff election will take place next Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Credit Kaitlin Kolarik / WABE

The once-crowded field in the race to be Atlanta’s next Mayor is down to two — City Council members Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.

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And the days before their runoff are down to just a few, too.  Both contenders need to reach beyond their core supporters to pick up the votes they need to win.

Meanwhile, current Mayor Kasim Reed is also watching the calendar.  Not only is he supporting Bottoms; he has said he will act quickly on some of the recommendations of a committee that considered the future of Atlanta’s Confederate monuments, memorials, and street names.

On Morning Edition, Denis O’Hayer pulled up a chair for another Political Breakfast, with strategists Tharon Johnson and Brian Robinson.

Johnson is a Democrat who was the national southern regional director for the Obama 2012 campaign; Robinson is a Republican who is a former deputy chief of staff and communications director for Gov. Nathan Deal.

Note: The expanded version of this conversation will be added later.