Now that the results of the Atlanta mayor’s race are undisputed, one of the first tasks for Mayor-Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms is how to unify the city. The race itself was divisive and bitter, often seeming to focus on individuals rather than substance. Even though both Bottoms and her opponent, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, expressed concern for many of the same of issues – affordable housing, public safety, and transportation, to name a few, the two candidates had little choice but to paint a very different and sometimes deplorable picture of the policy agenda and voting record of the other. To say the race became personal would be an understatement.
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