On the eve of a huge runoff for the position of Atlanta mayor, current WNBA president Lisa Borders, who is a former Atlanta City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate gave her seal of approval to Mary Norwood’s candidacy.
Today, we need someone who is willing to be inclusive, who is willing to not only work with the state, but also work with and represent all of the citizens of Atlanta and include their perspectives in growing and governing the city.
–Lisa Borders per the Atlanta Business Chronicle
Norwood, a councilwoman herself, is running against Keisha Lance Bottoms, also on the Atlanta City Council who has received an endorsement from incumbent Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, who Borders endorsed when he ran against Norwood in 2009.
Norwood describes herself as an Independent against Bottoms, a Democrat. What is said to be a very tight race could come down to Bottoms’ connections to Reed, who has been criticized for his connections to developers, against if Norwood is seen as too right-of-center for a “blue” city like Atlanta.
Norwood is also dealing with a Rolling Out Magazine report that says she used racist language when referring to African-American voters while at a meeting of the Buckhead Young Republicans about the ’09 race.