Atlanta’s Reed has sights on city hall, not D.C.

Another Democratic shoe just dropped.

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. John Barrow announced that he would pass on a 2014 race for U.S. Senate.

Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed did likewise – ruling himself out as a candidate in the 2016 Senate contest. Reed was on the WGAU (1340AM) morning talk show hosted by Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant.

Zoller asked Reed if he is considering running for U.S. Senate. Reed said he has no plans to seek that office.

“I plan to serve as mayor of the city,” Reed said. “I am not interested in running for the United States (Senate), I’m not interested in joining the president’s administration. I have conveyed that repeatedly. I would like to serve two full terms as the mayor of the City of Atlanta.

“So those are really my only political plans and I am being completely honest with you.”

Reed, a Democrat, is up for re-election this year. But some speculated Reed could become a candidate for the seat that will be vacated next year by Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. If Reed wins his race for mayor, another four year term would have him in that office in 2016, the year U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican, is up for re-election.

Reed affirmed his commitment to run the city for two terms, which would keep him in office until 2017.

“I plan to serve two terms (as mayor),” Reed said.

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