Waiting to declare defeat until voting is over would have been worse, Sterling added.
Sterling’s endorsement for Mitchell sends a signal in a crowded race, Mitchell said, that “having a real track record to run on” matters.
“I think it’s important to note that I am — and make no bones about it — I am the only Democrat that can win this race,” Mitchell said. “I certainly understand what it means to work well with others to set a new tone at City Hall.”
Sterling, former head of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, earned a “well qualified” review from the Committee for a Better Atlanta in September.
Recent polling shows Councilwoman Mary Norwood with a lead and Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms emerging in second place. The most likely scenario is that the top two finishers in the election will head to a runoff in December.
The mayoral election is non-partisan. Bottoms has self-identified as a Democrat; Norwood is a self-identified independent.
With one poll showing 14 percent of voters are undecided, all of the top eight candidates — which also include former state Sen. Vincent Fort (D), Councilman Kwanza Hall (D), former Council President Cathy Woolard (D), former COO of the city of Atlanta Peter Aman (D) and former Fulton County Chairman John Eaves (D) — have a shot at being in that final contest.
Michael Sterling says he is supporting Ceasar Mitchell