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Keisha Lance Bottoms thanks her supporters on Tuesday night. Credit: Maria Saporta

An open letter to Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms

Dear Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms,

Congratulations on being elected Atlanta’s 60th mayor!

I begin this letter with an outstretched hand to let you know I want you to be a successful mayor.

My hope is you will appreciate the role of the press – to question, to inform, to probe, to be skeptical, and yes, to be critical when necessary.

This hope is not limited to me. Ideally you will embrace people who think differently than you do, that you will treat the press and fellow public servants with respect, and that you will seek mutually-beneficial solutions while governing our city.

Former Atlanta mayors split endorsements

Just ahead of Atlanta runoff election day, three incumbents of the mayor’s office don’t agree on which mayoral candidate is the best one to make sure the city fulfills its promise.

In front of City Hall this morning, Shirley Franklin, who served as mayor for eight years starting in 2002, said she wants Mary Norwood to be the next mayor.

Mayoral candidates start Thanksgiving week with endorsements, taxes

On a cold Monday in Atlanta, the mayor’s race is getting hotter: Keisha Lance Bottoms started the day with official endorsements from some Atlanta Democrat heavyweights. In the afternoon, Mary Norwood released her several years of her tax records and challenged Bottoms to do the same.

And in between, the two both took turns with their late-campaign stump speeches and answering questions at a gathering of perhaps two dozen clients and staff of the Downtown branch of Dentons, the international legal and lobbying mega-shop.

Top Atlanta candidates face off, talk party, ethics

Just 11 days before early voting starts, runoff candidates for Atlanta’s top offices met to take questions from reporters — and each other — about ethics, party and more.

At a Thursday morning Atlanta Press Club debate in the WPBA-TV studio, mayoral candidate Mary Norwood tried to truss Keisha Lance Bottoms to scandals at a City Hall presided over by Bottoms’ ally Mayor Kasim Reed. And Bottoms pushed to link Norwood to the Republican Party. And that was less than 10 minutes into the debate. (Videos at the bottom of the page.)

SART holds Atlanta mayoral run-off forum with Bottoms and Norwood

The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable on Friday morning set the stage for the Atlanta mayoral run-off campaigns for City Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.

Both candidates described their platforms for making Atlanta a more sustainable city, and both seemed to be keenly aware that the environmentally-focused voters would be critical to winning the Dec. 5 runoff to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed.