It’s official: Kasim Reed is mayor-elect of Atlanta, reports Black America Web. The former state senator’s votes outnumbered opponent Councilwoman Mary Norwood’s by 714 ballots. At the time of the original election, the Mayor-elect had beat Mary by 715.
“Kasim Reed is the 59th mayor of Atlanta, and he will be sworn in on Jan. 4,” Spokesperson Reese McCrainie told the site. “He already has started the transition process. Because of the run-off, there is a lot to do and a short window of time.”
Kasim will take over the job that Shirley Franklin has occupied for the past eight years.
Mary, who would have been the first White mayor of the city in 30 years, won the general election with 45.8 percent of voted while Mayor-elect Reed earned 36.3 percent. December 1′s run-off election showed him with 50.4 percent.
“Mary and I are fully committed to being the catalysts for the ensuing healing process. We will bring this great city back together after a long and hard fought campaign,” said Karim in a statement. “I look forward to the benefit of the councilwoman’s support, counsel and above all friendship as we work to make Atlanta the best it can be.”
Meanwhile he isn’t wasting any time getting down to business: He’s named an interim chief of police to begin in January and confimed Peter T. Aman, former member of Atlanta’s Police Foundation Board, as his chief operating officer.
– Whitney Teal