Reed's Entrance In Mayor's Race Called 'First Real Day of 2021 Election'

Previously served 8 years as Mayor
Kasim Reed, who previously served as Mayor of Atlanta from 2010 to 2018, has filed paperwork to seek the office again.
Kasim Reed, seen in a July 2020 interview with Audacy's Maria Boynton, has officially entered the race to return as Mayor of Atlanta Photo credit Maria Boynton/Audacy

Atlanta's 59th mayor wants to be its 61st mayor.

Kasim Reed has filed paperwork to enter the race as the city's next leader.

According to political strategist Fred Hicks, "Today is the first real day of the 2021 election." Hicks adding that while Reed's entrance into the race was anticipated, it "changes the calculus for every candidate in every race up and down the ballot."  Reed, says Hicks, "will have the most money and he will set the campaign agenda for the city."

Reed joins Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore, City Council members Andre Dickens and Antonio Brown, and Attorney Sharon Gay in having taken the step to officially enter the race for Mayor of Atlanta.

Current mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is not seeking re-election.