Atlanta's New Leadership
In 2017, City of Atlanta residents voted for candidates for mayor, city council, school board, and municipal court judges. Here’s who we elected to serve as the new leaders of Atlanta.
As the City’s Executive Officer, the Mayor has the power to execute and enforce provisions of the City’s charter, exercise supervision over the administration of all City departments, veto decisions of the City Council, and submit to City Council the recommended annual budget. The mayoral election is non-partisan (candidates don’t run as members of a particular political party). The Mayor serves a 4-year term and is limited to 2 consecutive terms.
KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS
After the runoff and recount, Keisha Lance Bottoms had around 800 more votes than Mary Norwood making her the new Mayor of Atlanta.
Keisha was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 2009, and served two terms representing the citizens of District 11.
City of Atlanta Council Member, District 11
City council president
The City Council President is elected at-large (citywide) and serves a four year term. They break ties, appoint committee chairs and step in should anything happen to the Mayor until a new Mayor is found. There are no term limits for the Council President.
On December 5th, 2017, Felicia Moore was elected as Atlanta City Council President with 55% of the vote.
Felicia was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1997, and served five terms representing the citizens of District 9.
City of Atlanta Council Member, District 9
The City’s policy-making and legislative authority are given to a governing council (City Council) consisting of fifteen members. The City Council’s primary responsibilities are adopting ordinances, adopting the budget, and setting policy for the City. Working hand in hand with Atlanta’s Mayor and the members of the executive branch, the council plays a key role in the budget process and financial well-being of Atlanta.
CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE
The Atlanta Board of Education establishes and approves the policies that govern the Atlanta Public School system. The Board consists of nine members, representing six geographical districts and three "at-large" districts. One person is elected per district to represent the schools in a given district for a four-year term.