Atlanta’s New Mayor Elected By Razor Thin Margin To Be Sworn In Tuesday

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s new mayor will be sworn into office during a ceremony at Morehouse College.

Keisha Lance Bottoms will be inaugurated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, along with incoming city council members, city council President Felicia Moore and municipal court judges.

Bottoms defeated Mary Norwood in a Dec. 5 runoff election to succeed Kasim Reed as Atlanta’s next mayor.

The bitterly contested campaign between the two city council members was marked by political grudges and allegations of corruption, and less than 20 percent of the city’s roughly 500,000 residents turned out to vote.

Bottoms will be Atlanta’s sixth consecutive black mayor since Maynard Jackson was elected in 1973.

City Council members are expected to convene at 5 p.m. Tuesday for their first organizational meeting of their new session.