Dear Friends,

I love the City of Atlanta. It is an inspiring and beautifully diverse place to live and to work.  And, we are currently in the midst of exciting transformations that will make Atlanta an even better place to call home.

To reach our city’s full potential, we must engage ALL in our community, especially those residents that our city’s growth is leaving behind.  Only through the strength and talent of our residents can big projects, projects like the Atlanta BeltLine, be accomplished.

Citizen engagement, partnered with experienced, thoughtful leadership, will find solutions to our problems and improve quality of life for everyone. 

That’s why I’m meeting with residents and groups around the city to hear your vision for Atlanta’s future. While we may come from different neighborhoods and different backgrounds, we are united by the desire to improve the lives of Atlantans through better transportation, better public safety, more inclusive housing, economic development, and an ethical, responsible, and responsive city government.  Not just for the few, but for every neighborhood and every resident in Atlanta.

I hope that you will support me as we strive to create a city that works for everyone and that everyone can be proud of. Together, we will move Atlanta forward.  


“If you like the BeltLine now, you're going to love it when I'm your mayor.”





Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard and Mayor Shirley Franklin being sworn into office in 2002.

Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard and Mayor Shirley Franklin being sworn into office in 2002.

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.

Dedicated to making a family-friendly Atlanta.

Dedicated to making a family-friendly Atlanta.

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.  

Cathy's dad was a career Air Force Officer and while at least 7 generations of her family have lived in Atlanta, Cathy grew up on bases all over the world. She was educated in public schools, graduated from the University of Georgia and settled with her family here in Atlanta. She and her partner of 28 years, Karen Geney, live in Glenwood Park.

A lifetime of commitment to Atlanta.

A lifetime of commitment to Atlanta.

A legacy of service.

A legacy of service.

As a small business owner and non-profit organization executive, Cathy has continued to serve others with organizations like CARE, League of Conservation Voters, and the Human Rights Campaign.  Cathy is dedicated to Atlanta, committed to honesty and transparency, and diligent in making sure jobs are done right the first time.



A vision for Atlanta's future success.

photo by Anish Patel.

photo by Anish Patel.


Our city government should be a model for ethical behavior.


A successful city must work for the benefit of all, not just the well-connected few.  As mayor, fixing Atlanta’s opportunity and income disparity will be a priority.


Through investment in transportation, education, art, culture, and historic preservation, Atlanta can truly become the international city that all Atlantans will be proud to call home.


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