Who is running for Atlanta mayor? Here’s a running list of the candidates

The inside of Atlanta City Hall. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
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The inside of Atlanta City Hall. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ decision to not seek reelection upended this year’s race for City Hall. Since her surprise May 6 announcement, more candidates have already launched campaigns for mayor, and the field is expected to continue growing ahead of the Nov. 2 election.

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Atlanta’s city elections are nonpartisan and all candidates who officially qualify to run will be on the same ballot. Here’s a running list of who is running for mayor; it will be updated as more candidates enter the race:

Kasim Reed

Kasim Reed files paperwork to run for Atlanta mayor
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Kasim Reed files paperwork to run for Atlanta mayor

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed filed paperwork on June 8 to launch a campaign for mayor. Reed served as Atlanta mayor from 2010-18. He oversaw a development boom in the city, including construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and refurbishment of State Farm Arena. A federal corruption investigation began during his tenure and ensnared several members of his administration, including bribery convictions against his chief procurement officer and a deputy chief of staff. In a May 2021 interview with Channel 2, Reed said authorities have never accused him of corruption and apologized for the now years-long investigation, which is ongoing. He is the first mayor since Maynard Jackson to seek a third term in office.

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore.  (Photo: ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
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Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore. (Photo: ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

Felicia Moore

City Council President Felicia Moore represented a northwest Atlanta district on the council for 20 years before being elected to lead the city’s legislative body in 2017. Moore announced in late January that she was challenging Bottoms, running on a platform focused on public safety. The day after Bottoms said she was ending her reelection bid, Moore revealed she had raised nearly $500,000 in donations from February to May. Moore is also a former neighborhood association president and Neighborhood Planning Unit chair.

Atlanta attorney Sharon Gay.
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Atlanta attorney Sharon Gay.

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Sharon Gay

A private attorney, Sharon Gay is a senior counsel in public policy practice for Dentons, a multinational entity that is considered the world’s largest law firm based on number of lawyers and offices. Prior to joining Dentons, Gay served as vice president of governmental affairs for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and was deputy chief of staff and executive counsel to former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell. Fundraising records show Gay has raised $208,000 in donations, and issued a $210,000 personal loan to her campaign.

Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown speaks during a press conference outside of Atlanta City Hall on Friday, May 14, 2021 in which he announced he is running for mayor. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)
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Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown speaks during a press conference outside of Atlanta City Hall on Friday, May 14, 2021 in which he announced he is running for mayor. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

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Credit: Alyssa Pointer/Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown joined the Atlanta City Council following a special election in 2019. Representing a Westside district, Brown has advocated for progressive policies during his time on the council. As mayor, he said, he would reimagine public safety to support the city’s marginalized communities. Brown could face scrutiny because he is currently under indictment on federal fraud charges, for allegedly lying about his income on applications to obtain loans and credit cards years before he ran for office. Brown has repeatedly said he is innocent.

Councilman Andre Dickens speaks during an event last February. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
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Councilman Andre Dickens speaks during an event last February. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Andre Dickens

Andre Dickens defeated an incumbent in 2013 to win a citywide post on the City Council, and was reelected in 2017. He also serves as the chief development officer for TechBridge, an organization that offers affordable technology and workforce training to other nonprofits. Dickens, who currently chairs the Council’s transportation committee and has sponsored legislation to regulate Atlanta’s short-term rental properties, said he wants to make public safety his first priority as mayor.