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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke to reporters this morning, confirming the news that she will not run for re-election, saying “it’s time to pass the baton.” Bottoms explained that she wrote two letters to Atlanta last week: One outlining why she would seek a second term and another to the city that explained why she wasn’t seeking a second term. She said both letters were very similar.

She said not seeing a second term came from a place of strength, not weakness.

“Just because you can do it doesn’t necessarily mean you should do it,” Bottoms said.

More to come.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks to reporters from City Hall on Friday, May 7, 2021. Bottoms announced she will not run for re-election. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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