“I have personally been impacted by both the challenges and opportunities of our city. Atlanta is moving in the right direction and as Mayor, I will continue the progress and be the voice who influences and makes decisions that will extend opportunities for greatness to each person and community in Atlanta, for generations to come.”
It has been an honor to have been on the forefront of making decisions that have changed the trajectory of our city, such as leading the redevelopment of Turner Field, sponsoring legislation that addressed our City’s unfunded pension liability, and working to balance and create economic investment and development throughout the city. While my experience as a member of City Council, attorney and former judge have been helpful, it has been my personal experience, growing up, and now raising a family of my own in Atlanta, that always makes the human impact the most important factor in any decision I make.
Across Atlanta, we all want the same for our city: safe communities, easy access to transit, opportunity for jobs and economic growth, and thriving schools. As your mayor, I will listen intently and work tirelessly to make Atlanta a city that meets and enhances communities at their point of need.
My mother’s grandparents, children of freed slaves, packed a horse and buggy and moved to Atlanta nearly 100 years ago with their nine surviving children because they knew if they worked hard in Atlanta, their family would have a better life. My father’s earliest memories were of living on a sharecropper’s farm in the Mississippi Delta. He left Chicago in the 1960s and moved back to the deeply segregated south because of the potential for excellence he saw in this city.
Atlanta is still the city where impossible dreams are able to take form. I look forward to walking with you on our path to greatness.