Former City Council President Cathy Woolard said Wednesday she will support rival Mary Norwood over Keisha Lance Bottoms in the Dec. 5 runoff for mayor, in what could be a difference-making endorsement in the tight race to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed.
Woolard, the third-place finisher in the first round of voting this month, held a forum Tuesday night with Bottoms and Norwood, both current city councilmembers and the top two voter-getters, to discuss key policy issues. Woolard said she made her pick this morning moments before a press conference at City Hall.
Woolard said she holds Bottoms in high regard, and Woolard gave Bottoms an edge on issues of social justice, affordable housing and she noted the importance of African-American leadership in a majority-black city. But Woolard gave Norwood the edge on managing the growth of the city and on ethics.
“I feel like the lack of transparency at City Hall has crushed the spirit of our city and I feel like we need a clean break with this administration and a new start here with a fresh set of players,” Woolard said.
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