Mary Norwood
Mary Norwood

Former Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood will run for the City Council’s At-Large Post 2 seat.

Norwood, who lives in Buckhead, ran for mayor in 2009 and lost to current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in a runoff election. Norwood’s candidacy was notable because if she had one she would’ve been the first white mayor elected in Atlanta since the 1970s.

The last white mayor was Sam Massell, current president of the Buckhead Coalition.

Norwood will run against incumbent Aaron Watson.

“Mary Norwood is proud to be a resident of Atlanta,” Norwood’s campaign website says.  “As a community participant, activist, volunteer, and socially conscious neighbor, she strives for inclusion, fiscal responsibility, government transparency, and simple common sense as she works for the betterment of our city.  Her track record and work on the City Council have made her fully aware of our city’s strengths and flaws.  Through hard work, enthusiasm, commitment and a steadfast belief that we all deserve the best, Mary Norwood remains dedicated to public service.”

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of