4 Things To Know About Felicia Moore, The Woman Running Against Keisha Lance Bottoms For Atlanta Mayor
Felicia Moore, Atlanta City Council President, will be one of several to battle Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is running for reelection.
January 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore officially announced on Thursday that she would be taking on Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in the mayoral race this year, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 11Alive.
In her announcement, she leaned heavily on the need for more to be done about the city's crime and called out the city government for corruption.
"Atlanta finds itself at a critical juncture. I have heard your voices, and the time has come for me to take the next step. That is why I am here today to officially announce my candidacy for the mayor for the city of Atlanta," Moore said.
"I am ready, willing, and able to chart the course with you, navigate the city's challenges with you, and manifest a vision for the city of Atlanta reflective of all segments of our population. While there may be some worthy opponents, this race is not against flesh and blood. This race is against the crime that is out of control in every neighborhood of our city."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Moore filed legal documents last week that indicated she would begin fundraising for the race.
Multiple candidates have been circling the position since Bottoms was floated as a potential vice presidential nominee last summer and as a choice for several cabinet positions within the new administration of President Joe Biden.
It has not been said which position in Biden's cabinet she was offered, but 11Alive reported it may have been for the role of leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which ultimately went to Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, as Blavity previously reported.
The New Yorker reporter Charles Bethea said on Twitter that Bottoms was offered the role of Ambassador to the Bahamas, which she allegedly turned down. She later denied that she was offered the position.
“Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been offered a role in the cabinet, which she respectfully declined. The mayor’s focus remains on the people of Atlanta and the great state of Georgia. Out of respect for the process, and the other candidates under consideration, no additional comment will be forthcoming on this matter at this time,” a spokesperson for Bottoms told The Associated Press.
As 11Alive noted, if Bottoms had taken a position within the Biden administration, Moore would have taken over as mayor of the city until November.
But Bottoms' flirtation with national office has caused several candidates like Moore to kickstart efforts to challenge her for mayor of Atlanta, one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the country.
Bottoms announced that she would run for reelection last year and has already raised more than $100,000 for the campaign, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Nothing about politics surprises me anymore. It’s an election year. We know that people will be paying very close attention, no matter who the opponent is. I’m expecting that it’s going to be a very robust campaign year,” Bottoms said when asked about potential challengers for the mayoral seat on Wednesday.
Here are four things you should know about Moore as she prepares to run for mayor.