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Atlanta may be on the verge of electing a white, female Mayor…….

Yes…you read that right……Atlanta, Georgia…in the good ole USA………

Atlanta has had black Mayor since Maynard Jackson won election for the job in 1973……Atlanta, the location of  racial tensions during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s, has had tremendous growth in the last two decades…but that growth has had the effect of decreasing the once broad black majority from around 66.8 percent in 1990 to about  54 percent in 2005……while there are large area’s of affluent blacks in the city……the economic success of the city has drawn in more Latinos, Asians and whites , driving down the black population.

The city had serious problems with corruption during the tenure of Bill Campbell ( he was convicted of tax evasion for accepting gambling income while in office) from 1994 to 2001……That corruption has left a bad taste in the mouth of residents of the city…….

The voters of the city now have three candidates running for Mayor…and one them is Mary Norwood,  an Atlanta councilwoman, who happens to be white…….

The race to succeed Shirley Franklin, who won the office after Campbell left, is split between Norwood and two other black candidates, Lisa Borders (City Council President ) and Kasim Reed (a former state legislator )…….

Of course there is a racial undertone in all of this but, Norwood seems to be in position to win the election, outright, or have a run off…..(since she IS popular and the other two will split the black vote presumably)…..and with that things will mark a big change for the city that boasts a large middle  and upper class black population……..there is also the fact that blacks are asking themselves why would we just vote for the black candidate when we have seen what Campbell has done?

In the end …on November the 3rd…the voters in Atlanta will have to decide if they will stay with ‘their own’ or move to join the cities rising non black population in voting for someone who represents ‘change’….something the majority of its residents voted overwhelmingly for last November in their new President……

October 22, 2009 - Posted by | Politics, The Economy | , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. The city is governed by Launceston City Council quite effectively and is led by a mayor and seven aldermen. Adelaide Economics

    Comment by Adelaide Economics | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. Adelaide Economis……..what’s your take on the three people running for Mayor?

    And I, in no way, wish to skip over the fact that the City Council and Adermaen are part of the governing power…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. James B and AE,

    I called the Atlanta Mayor’s race for City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (D) a long time ago and she will be the first white female elected mayor, ending 36 years of African American mayors.

    Why ?

    Georgia is trending rock-ribbed Republican and the ANTI-OBAMA sentiment is brewing and the likelihood of 2 African American candidates splitting the African American vote, causing Norwood to win the mayoralty and you can also put the unpopularity of outgoing Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) into the mix.

    The City of Atlanta is seeing a booming population of whites and Latinos (who are slowly moving into the city) while African Americans are moving into the suburbs.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. CD…..add to your mix the old bad taste of Campbell…I understand that it is really strong……but you’re right……. A split vote on top of changing demographics’ ……..She’ll win…..

    It will be interesting to see how the black population still in the city reacts……I know she has to be able to deal with diversity since she sits on the council…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | October 26, 2009 | Reply


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