Bottoms, 51, disclosed her determination publicly in a prolonged open letter and accompanying video Thursday evening after having advised household and a detailed circle of associates and supporters.
“It’s with deep feelings that I maintain my head excessive and select to not search one other time period as mayor,” Bottoms wrote, saying she’d prayed concerning the determination along with her husband, Derek, an government on the House Depot Inc.
The mayor is anticipated to talk publicly Friday morning.
Bottoms, who narrowly gained a runoff election 4 years in the past, pushed backed towards any questions on whether or not she may have secured a second victory later this 12 months. She famous a reelection fundraiser she held with Biden’s assist and mentioned polls confirmed her in a powerful place.
“’Is she afraid of the competitors?’ NEVER,” Bottoms wrote.
Metropolis Council President Felicia Moore has already introduced her mayoral bid.
Bottoms’ tenure has been a mixture of rough-and-tumble Metropolis Corridor politics and an ever-brightening nationwide highlight for her past the town.
She was amongst Biden’s earliest endorsers, taking a danger early in a crowded Democratic main marketing campaign. She was later rewarded as one of many girls Biden thought-about to be his operating mate, although he finally selected one other Black girl, Kamala Harris, the previous California senator who’s now the primary girl to carry the nationwide workplace.
Bottoms nonetheless watched her profile rise through the coronavirus pandemic and with the renewed consideration on policing in america after George Floyd’s killing by a white Minneapolis officer final spring.
She drew plaudits for a nationally televised information convention by which she chided protesters to “go house” whereas noting her personal experiences as a mom of Black sons to empathize with residents distraught over police violence. She pledged to evaluation Atlanta’s police procedures within the wake of Floyd’s killing.
But Bottoms met criticism herself simply weeks later when an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks. The officer, Garrett Rolfe, was fired final June, a day after he shot the Black man within the car parking zone of a quick meals restaurant. Rolfe was later charged with homicide.
The Atlanta Civil Service Board on Wednesday reversed the firing, discovering that the town didn’t comply with its personal procedures and didn’t grant Rolfe due course of. Bottoms mentioned then that Rolfe would stay on administrative go away whereas felony fees towards him are resolved.
The mayor didn’t point out Floyd or Brooks in her announcement letter, focusing as a substitute on having giving the town’s police and firefighters raises and alluding to a “social justice motion (that) took over our streets….and we persevered.”
Bottoms got here to the mayor’s workplace as an ally of her predecessor, Kasim Reed, whose endorsement proved vital in her marketing campaign. However she sought to ascertain her personal id, in no small half due to a long-running FBI investigation in Metropolis Corridor contracts and funds throughout Reed’s tenure.
The “far-reaching and ever-growing” investigation, she mentioned Thursday, “consumed Metropolis Corridor, usually leaving staff paralyzed, and fearful of creating the smallest of errors, lest they too be investigated, or castrated on the night information.”
Bottoms has by no means been implicated.
She helped renegotiate the long-term redevelopment of “The Gulch,” a part of the town’s outdated railroad footprint downtown. However the metropolis didn’t rating the most important potential prize for the placement: the second Amazon headquarters that as a substitute is being in-built northern Virginia, exterior Washington, D.C.
“My ancestors, direct descendants of the as soon as enslaved, traveled by horse and buggy from the cotton fields of east Georgia seeking a greater life for themselves and their youngsters in Atlanta,” she wrote. “I’ve carried their perception for a greater tomorrow in my coronary heart, their earnest work ethic in my being, and their hopes for generations not but born on my thoughts, every day that I’ve been privileged to function the sixtieth Mayor of Atlanta.”