Mary Norwood picks up an early endorsement from Atlanta police union

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

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Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Dominos are falling early in this year's race for mayor of Atlanta. IBPO Local 623, the union for Atlanta police officers, on Tuesday endorsed Mary Norwood in the contest – something that didn't happen eight years ago. From an emailed statement by the at-large city councilwoman:

"Right now, we have 1,600 sworn officers working for our police department with 1,400 on the street. For years, Mayors have set a goal for 2,000 officers to be on our streets keeping us safe. That must become a reality."

In the 2009 runoff for mayor, Local 623 endorsed Kasim Reed over Norwood.

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