Moderator Jocelyn Dorsey started the form with an empty chair on stage for Keisha Lance Bottoms who arrived late and blamed Atlanta’s traffic. On the other hand, Mary Norwood arrived almost an hour early to mingle with the voters at the reception before the forum.
Ms. Dorsey superbly handled the Atlanta Mayoral Forum between runoff candidates Lance Bottoms and Norwood. Voters packed the Glenn Room Auditorium at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The questions from online and from audience members covered a number of hot topics that included:
– affordable housing
– more and better trained police officers
– senior issues
– lack of economic development on Atlanta’s south and west sides
While it was clear that both candidates have fine tuned their messages and programs, nothing new or shocking was revealed. Ms. Dorsey made it clear that personal attacks would not be allowed. So both candidates were informative and cordial. Several audience members I spoke to are still undecided about whether they will vote for Lance Bottoms or Norwood.
A recent poll of 500 Atlanta voters gives Lance Bottoms a 3% lead over Norwood with a margin of error of 4%. So, both candidates are doing all they can to get their supporters out to vote. Early voting ends tomorrow, Friday, December 1 at 7pm. Or, voters can vote on Election Day on Tuesday, December 5 from 7am-7pm.
This forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters Atlanta-Fulton, The League of Women Voters Georgia, the Nation Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Megga Chapter, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metro Atlanta, The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, and WSB-TV 2.
If you want to view this informative Mayoral Forum, visit the WSB-TV2 website and click on the link.
Be sure to vote in the runoff election for other important races on Tuesday, December 5 that include: President of the Atlanta City Council between Felicia Moore and Alex Wan, Fulton County Commission seats, City Council seats, Atlanta School Board seats, and Mayor of East Point; depending on where you live in the City of Atlanta and/or Fulton County. Let’s encourage our friends and family to vote to
Let’s encourage our friends and family to vote to make sure we beat the national average of more than 15% voter turnout for Mayoral and municipal elections. The saying is true, “All politics are local.”
(By the way, I voted early, today, before I went to this informative forum.)