Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection

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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive. Less than a year ago she was among several political figures President Joe Biden considered to be his running mate. Bottoms disclosed her decision publicly in a lengthy open letter and accompanying video Thursday night after having told family and a close circle of supporters. Bottoms wrote that she had prayed about the decision with her husband, Derek, an executive at the Home Depot Inc.

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