Former Atlanta COO and Mayoral Candidate Peter Aman Endorses Mary Norwood
Aman Will Chair Mayoral Transition
Today, former Atlanta Chief Operating Officer and Democrat Peter Aman endorses former rival Mary Norwood for mayor. Aman, a Democrat, is joined by fellow Democrat Mayor Shirley Franklin, the first woman mayor of the city of Atlanta, and current City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, also a Democrat, in supporting Councilwoman Norwood in her bid to become the 60th mayor of Atlanta.
“As in 2009, when I decided to support Kasim Reed over Mary Norwood, co-chairing his exploratory campaign committee, I focused on who I believe will do the best job at this point in our history,” Aman continued. “I understand, in as much as it is possible for a white male to do so, the role of race in our city. That is why I opened my campaign headquarters on Auburn Avenue, why I said from the beginning that race frames this election and why I was the first to speak out against the terrorists in Charlottesville and to call for the removal of the remaining Confederate statues and monuments within the city.”
In a press conference today, Democrat and businessman Peter Aman joined by Mayor Shirley Franklin, a key figure in the Democratic National Party, to endorse mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. Also in attendance, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, also a Democrat, who endorsed Norwood last week.
A former Atlanta Chief Operating Officer and advisor to two mayors, Aman will also lead Councilwoman Norwood’s mayoral transition team.
In an unprecedentedly crowded mayoral field, a first-time candidate, Aman was the top male vote-getter, placing fourth overall.
“Atlanta has achieved great success over the last 8 years and I am honored to have played a significant role in that progress,” Aman remarked at the press conference. “Now that we are in the current position, I am again looking to what we need going forward. We need both an advocate for neighborhoods and residents throughout the city and someone who can build a collaborative management team to focus on the critical challenges Atlanta faces.”
Aman’s service to the Atlanta community spans more than two decades. Notably, Aman served as the founding board chair of Partners for H.O.M.E, an organization created to reduce homelessness through coordinating services. Similarly, Aman served as a founding board member of the Atlanta Police Foundation, which supports the men and women who work for the Atlanta Police Department, and has worked with numerous Atlanta non-profits.
“Mary has a longstanding track record of commitment to neighborhoods and people across this city,” Aman said. “She’s been there to advocate for everything from blight to potholes to LGBTQIA rights to housing affordability. I also believe the voters are looking for a ‘convener-in-chief’ – someone who will lead inclusively. Someone who will bring together faith leaders, the school system, first responders, and every day people to build the Atlanta of the future. And most importantly someone who will address the issues of equity we have in our city.”
As chair of Norwood’s mayoral transition team, Aman will bring a wealth of knowledge having worked deeply on the last two mayoral transition teams and having spent a career in the private sector advising some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations. In this capacity, he will help build Norwood build her cabinet to ensure a community-oriented, policy-driven first 100 days, first year, and first term.