Atlanta City Council Members Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood earned enough votes in last week’s mayoral election to make it to the runoff.
But to be successful in that round, they’ll have to win over people who voted for other candidates. And some of those voters aren’t excited about their options. In fact, for many who backed candidates like Cathy Woolard and former State Sen. Vincent Fort, the election results represented their worst-case scenario.
“The two candidates in the runoff were our least favorite,” said Kirkwood resident Angel Bales-Carnley.
“I actually woke up and thought I was having a nightmare,” said Marshall Rancifer, an advocate for the homeless who lives in the same area.
“The results weren’t surprising, but they were definitely disappointing,” said Jonathan Banes of East Atlanta.
“I just screamed,” said activist Stacey Hopkins from Capitol View.
Banes, who supported Fort, explained his predicament. To him, Bottoms represented the political status quo, which he says hasn’t delivered.
“I feel that a lot of the issues with affordable housing, infrastructure have stemmed from this complacency,” he said.