While the race has been going on for quite some time, official qualifications for the 2017 Atlanta mayoral election began Tuesday and will remain open through the end of the week.  This serves as one last opportunity for candidates to weigh their options and either drop out or lay down the $5,529 qualifying fee that will secure their name on the ballot on November 7th.

Several of the leading candidates in the race were quick to make their way to Atlanta City Hall on Tuesday to officially qualify for the race they’ve been running in for months.  First was Keisha Lance Bottoms, the city councilwoman who is a favorite of outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed.  With a Presidential-sized campaign bus and the support of the city’s most powerful politician, she will look to emerge from a crowded field into a likely runoff. 

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