Atlanta has a mayor and her name is Keisha! FAMU Alumnae and Delta Sigma Theta woman Keisha Lance Bottoms was officially sworn in as the Mayor of Atlanta this afternoon. Bottoms makes history, as she is the second woman to be elected as Mayor. She’s also the first native born Atlanta resident to serve as Mayor since Sam Mitchell and the first mayor of Atlanta to have worked in all three branches of government!
Bottoms announced that she was running for mayor October 25, 2016 and found a way to navigate around twelve opponents to first in the voting polls, garnering 26 percent of the vote. Her opponent, independent Mary Norwood, finished second place and a runoff election was scheduled for December 5, 2017. The runoff was close. Bottoms won by a narrow 759 votes and sparked her opponent Norwood to campaign for a recount. In recounting, they found that even more people voted for Mayor Bottoms!
As stated before Keisha Lance Bottoms is an alumnae of Florida A&M University having attended from 1991-1995. Keisha is proof that greatness comes from HBCU’s and that they will always and forever matter! Mayor Bottoms even spoke on HBCU sustainability in Atlanta and boasted that she is a graduate of FAMU and the first mayor of Atlanta to graduate from an HBCU that isn’t Morehouse or Howard!
Check out the rest of her Inauguration below!