Kasim Reed: ‘I definitely want to run for office again’

Mayor Kasim Reed shake hands as Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (right) looks on, at a ceremony announcing GSU’s purchase of Turner Field last August. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Mayor Kasim Reed shake hands as Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (right) looks on, at a ceremony announcing GSU’s purchase of Turner Field last August. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said many, many times he won’t run for statewide office in 2018 but that he has another campaign in him. The Democrat said again Tuesday he still has his eye on higher office, even as the bribery scandal threatens to tarnish his legacy, although he wouldn’t say what seat.

“What I’m not doing is being coy and acting like I’m playing games with you all. I definitely want to run for office again. I’m going to finish up my term as mayor,” said Reed. “I’m going to get through these very tough challenges we’re dealing with around these bribery allegations and then I’m going to be normal for a little while.”

He wouldn’t say what “normal” is – aside from taking a vacation – but he talked about a recent joy: Showing up for his daughter’s recital early, and staying even after she performed.

“The one conclusion that I’ve come to in a real comfortable fashion – certainly after having the opportunity to watch President Obama’s last year – is that I’m going to be fine putting this down,” said Reed. “This is a tough job, it’s my dream job, but it’s tough.”

Democratic operatives consider Reed a top contender to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue in 2020 or run for governor in 2022 if a Republican wins next year’s election. But much will also depend on what other top Georgia Democrats – Jason Carter, Stacey Abrams and Sally Yates – decide over the coming years.

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J.r. Rich-Bellerose
J.r. Rich-Bellerose

No thanks. You haven't been terrible but you haven't been great and you are as slick as they come.

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

I always thought Reed did a pretty decent job, but I've questioned his character and integrity a lot.

John Smith
John Smith

Mighy try to run if John Lewis leaves Congress. Anything else and he is fooling himself.

Sar Ree
Sar Ree

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Rob Danner
Rob Danner

If the electorate is smart he will lose by a lot!

Brian Sumsum
Brian Sumsum

He better get started now to secure 2018,2020, election cycle lol

Steve Britt
Steve Britt

By the end of the corruption investigation. If we truly have law and order. Kasim Reed will be in prison.

Nolan Sims
Nolan Sims

he better hope he's not caught up in the bribery scandal!!

Jeffrey Gaines
Jeffrey Gaines

Hahaha. A corrupt mayor of Atlanta has higher political aspiration, no way

Gabriele Bernhard
Gabriele Bernhard

Most likely the Top Man in the Atlanta City Hall Bribery Scandal and many more Scandals yet to be uncovered. Just look at the 8 million they spent during the Ice Storm. Kickback City Hall of Atlanta supplied Millions of Documents to show that they are cooperating with the investigation - who would do that - only the guilty.

Ken Murphy
Ken Murphy

Maybe he can run for president of his cell block after he goes to jail for bribery.

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Another comment

Kaseem has no chance in hell with a statewide office. That would take the white vote. He is headed to club Fed.

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