ATLANTA (WAOK)-The makeup of the Atlanta City Council will remain virtually unchanged over the next four years. All incumbent councilmembers won reelection except two. Councilman Aaron Watson was defeated by former city council member Mary Norwood for the Post 2 At-Large seat. Norwood won with 53% of the vote. Embattled H. Lamar Willis -who recently lost his license to practice law over ethics charges – also lost the Post 3 At-Large seat to Andre Dickens by 52% to 48%.
While there are only two new Atlanta City Council members, Mayor Kasim Reed may have to work harder to get some of his initiatives passed. Norwood, a former council member, lost to Reed in the mayoral election four years ago.
Many say Norwood’s return to the council is her first step on the road to run for mayor four years from now. Dickens had the support of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin in his race against Willis. Both Willis and Watson were supporters of Mayor Reed on the Atlanta City Council.