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Bottoms, Norwood in historic runoff to become Atlanta’s next mayor

It appears Atlanta will elect a woman mayor as City Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood will face off in a Dec. 5 run-off.

Neither women garnered enough votes Tuesday night to win outright. 

RELATED: Latest election results in the mayor’s race

Keisha Lance Bottoms

Age: 47

Resides: Southwest Atlanta

Education: Bachelor’s in communications from Florida A&M University; law degree from Georgia State University.

Work/government experience: Attorney, former judge and former executive director of Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. Member of the Atlanta City Council.

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms greets a supporter after she spoke briefly during her election watch party. (Jason Getz)

Top issue in the race: “The biggest issue we are facing as a city right now is opportunities for our young people, including access to education and youth crime.”

Why I’m running: “It really is about what I want this city to be for my four kids. And it won’t be great for them if it is not great for everybody.”

Mary Norwood

Age: 65

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University

Work/government experience: City Councilwoman; former media executive and business owner

Mary Norwood gives supporters a double thumbs up making a final appearance at her election night party saying she assumes there will be a runoff. (ccompton@ajc.com/Curtis Compton)

Top issue in this race: “I think public safety is always the most important issue. It just is. People need to feel safe and be safe.”

Why I’m running: “I have the trust of citizens all over the city. My vision for the city is an equitable, fair, prosperous, sustainable city.”

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