By Maria Saporta
Lisa Borders, a former president of the Atlanta City Council, is endorsing Mary Norwood for mayor.
Borders was a mayoral candidate in 2009, and she ended up coming in third – not making the run-off that included Kasim Reed and Norwood. At the time, Borders endorsed Reed, and many believed she helped put him over the top. Reed beat Norwood by just 714 votes.
Eight years later, the tables have turned.
Borders has just sent out a carefully-worded text expressing her support for Norwood.
“Atlanta’s future demands and deserves integrity, innovation and inspiration,” Borders wrote. “I am confident Mary Norwood will deliver on every dimension as our next Mayor.”
In a follow-up phone conversation, Borders explained why she was endorsing Norwood over Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is receiving strong support for Mayor Reed.
Borders, the grand-daughter of the late civil rights leader William Holmes Borders, currently is president of the WNBA. She continues to have a home in Atlanta even though she is based in New York City.
Borders’ endorsement of Norwood means that the last three presidents of the Atlanta City Council – Cathy Woolard, Borders and Ceasar Mitchell – agree on who should be the next mayor of Atlanta.
Her endorsement also adds to the growing number of African-American women (and Democrats) who have come out in favor of Norwood – including former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Norwood, who describes herself as an Independent, would be the first white mayor that Atlanta has had in 44 years when Sam Massell left office. By the way, Massell, who is president of the Buckhead Coalition, also has endorsed Norwood.
The mayoral run-off election will be held tomorrow – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.