Atlanta City Councilmember Mary Norwood, a Buckhead resident, is joining the mayoral race, she announced Oct. 5.

Norwood, who holds the Post 2-At-Large seat, is the second Buckhead resident to join the race. Peter Aman, the former city chief operating officer, announced his candidacy earlier this year.

Mary Norwood

In her campaign announcement, Norwood said, “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.”

Several other candidates are in the running to replace incumbent Kasim Reed, who must leave office due to term limits after the 2017 election. Some of the candidates include City Councilmember Kwanza Hall; state Rep. Margaret Kaiser; City Council President Ceasar Mitchell; Michael Sterling, the former head of the city’s workforce development agency; and former City Councilmember Cathy Woolard.

Norwood lost to Reed in the 2009 mayoral race. She was re-elected to the City Council in 2013.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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