At least six candidates have started telling supporters they will run for mayor of Atlanta.
Multiple sources involved in Atlanta politics bring up the same names of non-candidate candidates–and the list continues to grow.
Presented in no particular order, the people who have begun laying the groundwork for a run are:
- City Council President Caesar Mitchell — a logical progression after two terms as Council President
- Fmr. Council President Cathy Woolard — she was the first openly-gay Councilwoman and has spent several years as a lobbyist
- Councilwoman Felicia Moore — although I’ve heard she’s being groomed for Council President; an odd job for which to be groomed as it doesn’t really do anything
- State Rep. Margaret Kaiser — she would probably be one of the more formidable candidates right out of the gate
- Kwanzaa Hall — I’ve heard people complain that all he does is promote himself, something he does extremely well
- Councilwoman Mary Norwood — she really wants to be mayor and had a strong showing in 2009
I’ve also heard Ivory Young and Alex Wan’s names mentioned, but only as possible candidates. I’ve also had conversations with a couple non-elected folks who see their own path to the mayor’s office, but those are contingent on many things falling into place.
I feel disgusted with myself offering this much speculation on the race, nearly four years before a new mayor will assume office.