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11 August 2008

Lisa Borders Drops Out; Kasim Reed Now The Presumed Front-Runner

Creative Loafing is reporting this morning that Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders is ending her bid to succeed Shirley Franklin as Mayor of Georgia's capital city.

Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders is expected to announce shortly that she will discontinue her campaign for mayor. Borders, one of the favorites in an already-crowded field of hopeful successors to Shirley Franklin, became the first declared candidate in April 2007. [Source: Creative Loafing, "Lisa Borders dropping out of mayor’s race", August 11, 2008]

A press release from the Border's campaign cites "increasing health concerns faced by my aging parents require" as the reason behind the Atlanta City Council President's withdrawal from the 2009 mayoral race.

State Senator Kasim Reed (D - Atlanta), an ally of Mayor Franklin who ran her two successful mayoral campaigns, is now considered to be the presumed front-runner in a crowded field of candidates that include Atlanta City Council members Mary Norwood and Ceasar Mitchell, and Atlanta attorney Jesse Spikes.