Atlanta Mayoress, Bottoms, faced a high-stakes test of her leadership at home last summer and stepped into the national spotlight by denouncing violent and violent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd as “chaos” in her city after demonstrations over the death of George Floyd had become destructive.
“What I see on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not what Martin Luther King Jr. wanted,” said a passionate Bottoms at a press conference at the time. “This is chaos.”
That April, Bottoms urged those who want to boycott Georgia-based companies over the state’s new electoral law to vote and support federal electoral laws instead, as Republican-controlled lawmakers across the country passed restrictive electoral laws .
The mayor has criticized Georgia’s law that imposes new voter identification requirements for postal ballot papers, empowers state officials to hold local elections, restricts the use of ballot boxes, and makes it a crime to turn to voters for food and water.
She also weighed the motive of a suspected shooter who allegedly killed eight people, including six Asian women, at spas in the Atlanta area earlier this year, and said she believes the race played a role in the attacker’s motivation have.
Like other lawmakers facing domestic tension during the pandemic, Bottoms clashed with the state’s Republican governor Brian Kemp over guiding the coronavirus.
Kemp filed a lawsuit against her over Atlanta’s mask mandate in July, in which he said he had violated its emergency ordinances, which prohibit local action from being more prohibitive than the state’s requirements. Earlier this month, Bottoms, who had tested positive for coronavirus, also decided to undo the city’s reopening, citing an alarming increase in coronavirus cases and rousing Kemp’s wrath
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