After months of speculation and a few weeks of having an exploratory committee, City Councilmember Mary Norwood is running for Mayor of Atlanta for the second time.
Norwood finished second to outgoing mayor Kasim Reed in 2009.
In a statement sent to GAPol, Norwood steered clear of any formal policy announcements. Her entire statement reads:
Today I’m taking the first step in becoming your next Mayor. I’m following the law and filing to accept contributions. Over the next several weeks, I will continue to be in communities throughout our city with Atlantans from every part of our great city.
I am running for Mayor of Atlanta to give all Atlantans a responsible, transparent and accountable government that will ensure that we have a safe city, a sustainable city and a prosperous city for ALL of our citizens. Withover [sic] 25 years of citywide service, I have a unique understanding of our city’s communities–their issues, needs, and aspirations. As this city’s next Mayor, I will make certain that every community in this great city has the quality of life they deserve. Your issues will be my issues and they will be addressed so that our city will be safe and you will have the accountability that you desire and expect from your city government.
With her announcement it now seems half the city or half the City Council is running for mayor–really who can keep track anymore.