2017 Atlanta Mayoral Election Getting Crowded Before it Begins

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:

  1. City Council President Caesar Mitchell —  a logical progression after two terms as Council President
  2. Fmr. Council President Cathy Woolard — she was the first openly-gay Councilwoman and has spent several years as a lobbyist
  3. 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
  4. State Rep. Margaret Kaiser — she would probably be one of the more formidable candidates right out of the gate
  5. Kwanzaa Hall — I’ve heard people complain that all he does is promote himself, something he does extremely well
  6. 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.


  1. MattMD says:

    I’ve often wondered what kind of hats the offspring of Felica Moore and Pharrell would be sporting.

    Much like his name, Kwanzaa is a joke.

    I’d bet on Norwood or Kaiser.

  2. northside101 says:

    Hard to imagine Norwood would not run, given she only lost by 700 or so votes (less than 1 percent) last time, even though registered black voters outnumbered registered whites She took over 90 percent in some Buckhead precincts—and though she was criticized as the “Buckhead” (i.e., Republican) candidate, there is no way she could have come so close to winning that race just with Republicans in this (at least) 3-1 Democratic city. With more condos going up in Midtown and Buckhead, she may have a better chance in 2017—depending of course on who else is running, like Alex Wan or Rep. Kaiser.

    Also out of curiosity, anyone know when the city charter was changed to provide term limits for mayor? I suppose that was a reaction to Hartsfield, who served in that capacity for most of the 25 years between 1937 and 1962 (with one small interlude in 1941 and early 1942).

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