One of the nation’s top Democratic mayors has announced that she won’t be seeking re-election.
According to Breitbart, Keisha Lance Bottoms said Thursday that she would be moving on from her role as mayor of Atlanta at the end of her current term.
As Breitbart noted, the mayor’s announcement came in the form of an open letter to city residents and supporters. In it, Bottoms highlighted what she viewed as her greatest accomplishments and, perhaps unsurprisingly, gave excuses for her shortcomings.
She went on to note that she and her husband had “given thoughtful prayer and consideration to the season now before us.”
“[I]t is with deep emotions that I hold my head high, and choose not to seek another term as Mayor,” she said.
“It is my sincere hope that over the next several months, a candidate for Mayor will emerge whom the people of Atlanta may entrust to lead our beloved city to its next and best chapter,” Bottoms added of the impending race for the mayorship. She also said she’s “not yet certain of what the future holds,” but said, “I trust that my next season will continue to be one full of passion and purpose.”
“Passing off the baton”
According to the Associated Press, Mayor Bottoms spoke with reporters Friday morning at City Hall about her decision to step away from the mayorship at the conclusion of her term in January.
“Leadership sometimes is about passing off the baton,” she said.
It’s a stunning move for a 51-year-old mayor who is viewed by many as a rising star in the Democratic Party. Just last year, she was thought of among some circles as a top contender to be then-candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, a job that ultimately went to Kamala Harris.
On the topic of her future plans, the mayor has been coy. “We’ll see,” she said when asked directly about the prospect of her joining the Biden administration after all.
“I can tell you being mayor with President Biden in the White House has made a world of difference,” she added, according to the AP.
However, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has indicated that Bottoms will be pursuing a role in the private sector, the AP reports. “She remains of course someone who the president has a fondness for,” the president’s top spokeswoman said.