1981 Atlanta mayoral election

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The 1981 Atlanta Mayoral Election took place on October 6, 1981, with the runoff held on October 27. Mayor Maynard Jackson was ineligible to run due to term limits. The runoff featured two prominent Atlanta politicians: former Congressman and UN Ambassador Andrew Young as well as State Representative Sidney Marcus. Young won in the October 27th runoff by double digits. It became the first time an African American mayor (Jackson) handed over the keys of a major city to another African American.[1]

Election results[edit]

Candidate General Election Runoff
Votes % Votes %
Andrew Young 44,808 40.9 65,798 55.1
Sidney Marcus 42,593 38.8 53,549 44.8
A. Reginald Eaves 17,457 15.9
Warren Shulman 3,602 3.2
John E. Thompson 618 0.5
Mildred Glover 275 0.2
Andree Kahlmorgan 151 0.1
Blank/Overvotes 7,607 3,080
Total 117,111 100 122,427 100
Registered voters/turnout 191,166 61.26 191,166 64.04
Source: Fulton County Board of Elections

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Young (b. 1932) | New Georgia Encyclopedia". Georgiaencyclopedia.org. 2003-12-16. Retrieved 2019-07-19.