Cathy Woolard

Mayor of Atlanta

Spotlight Candidate

Cathy will be the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Atlanta


Cathy Woolard has a vision of Atlanta as a truly great city—a city that is dynamic, growing and yet mindful of what makes it unique and special. She has the values and experience to make that vision a reality.

As President of the Atlanta City Council, the first woman to hold that position, Cathy championed the Atlanta BeltLine, a project transforming abandoned rail-corridors circling the city into mixed-use recreational trails. She founded the “Dirty Dozen,” a pilot program to fix the worst code violations in the city to improve neglected neighborhoods. She also made sustainability a priority, and her Energy Conservation Program cut emissions while saving the city’s facilities more than $470,000. As a City Council member for District 6, she increased funding for sidewalks and, as Chair of the Transportation Committee, she oversaw the expansion of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which had just become the busiest airport in the world.

Cathy also personally led the Atlanta City Council to pass what is still the only comprehensive civil rights bill in the state of Georgia, protecting hundreds of thousands of Atlantans from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

Importance of candidacy:

  • Will be the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Atlanta.
  • Will increase LGBTQ representation in the Deep South.
  • Will be the 3rd openly LGBTQ mayor of the 50 largest cities in the US.

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