Former mayoral candidate Sharon Gay endorses Andre Dickens in runoff

Former mayoral candidate Sharon Gay (left) endorsed Councilman Andre Dickens for mayor in the Nov. 30 runoff election. (J.D. Capelouto/jdcapelouto@ajc.com)
Caption
Former mayoral candidate Sharon Gay (left) endorsed Councilman Andre Dickens for mayor in the Nov. 30 runoff election. (J.D. Capelouto/jdcapelouto@ajc.com)

Credit: J.D. Capelouto/jdcapelouto@ajc.com

Credit: J.D. Capelouto/jdcapelouto@ajc.com

Former Atlanta mayoral candidate Sharon Gay on Tuesday endorsed Councilman Andre Dickens for the city’s top job.

Gay, who finished fourth in last week’s general election with a little over 6,500 votes, is backing Dickens over City Council President Felicia Moore — the top vote-getter last week who finished shy of the 50% needed to win the race outright.

As the top two finishers, Dickens and Moore with advance to a Nov. 30 runoff.

Gay, a lawyer for the global firm Dentons, announced her support for the two-term councilman at an event in Inman Park Tuesday afternoon alongside several neighborhood leaders and former Mayor Shirley Franklin, who endorsed Dickens last month.

ExploreThe Race for City Hall: Looking ahead as focus shifts to Atlanta mayoral runoff

Gay said she respects Moore’s work ethic and integrity, “but elections are about the future.”

“And I believe [Dickens] is the best positioned to take us forward into the future,” Gay said. “He has the broadest vision for our city.”

Gay said she first met Dickens over eight years ago, when she supported his first City Council campaign. She said he is “somebody who actually does the work,” pointing especially to legislation he championed on the City Council related to affordable housing.

Dickens recalled sharing the stage with Gay at dozens of forums before the general election and said he is grateful for her support.

ExplorePodcast: Race for City Hall: Runoff reset

“I enjoyed as much as someone can enjoy 50 forums and debates ... campaigning with Sharon and hearing her ideas,” Dickens said.

Gay finished the general election with about 7% of the vote, in fourth place behind Moore, Dickens and former Mayor Kasim Reed. But she polled above Dickens in some precincts in Buckhead, an area of town where Moore dominated.

The two other leading candidates who did not make the runoff, Reed and Councilman Antonio Brown, have not publicly thrown their support behind either candidate.

About the Author

ajc.com

Editors' Picks