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Atlanta Mayor: Time For A Governor Named Stacey

Keisha Lance Bottoms says nation faces many challenges because of leadership

Maria Boynton
July 17, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Atlanta does indeed have a Mayor named Keisha.  The City's top leader says "now we have a chance to have a governor named Stacey." Elaborating on the announcement she made over the weekend at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said "all we have to do is get out and vote." Bottoms says electing Stacey Abrams "would place Georgia on the map in the nation in a way we have never seen."

If she wins against her republican opponent, to be determined in next week's runoff election, Abrams would not only be Georgia's first black governor, but also its first female leader. She'd also be the first black female to govern any U.S. state.

Mayor Bottoms believes the reason "we are facing so many challenges as a nation right now" is because of the leadership. "We stayed home when there was an opportunity to elect a different President", Bottoms adds, "we see how quickly things can change."  For all of the progress made in 2018, Bottoms says "we are taking a tremendous step backwards." She's hopeful that the electorate will "take it seriously and get out to vote" in November.

While it may seem as though it was only yesterday that Bottoms was sworn in as Atlanta Mayor, it's actually been 6 months.

During that time she has amassed a list of "accomplishments". At the top of the list, distributed by her office, is the Executive Order which she signed last month, prohibiting the City jail from accepting any new ICE detainees.

There's also her first budget as Mayor of Atlanta, which included a 3.1% pay hike, and a one-time $500 bonus for the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

On September 22, Bottoms will host her first ATL Mayor's 5K at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. "You get to literally run down the runway where the planes take off", says Bottoms, "it's going to be a lot of fun."