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MARY NORWOOD: Politician, Businesswoman, Community Advocate

Mary Norwood is renowned for transforming ideas into action. 30+ years of success in the media business, Atlanta community organizations and the local political arena have honed her ability to bring critical thinking and leadership to the most recalcitrant issues.  

Mary Norwood's business background is extensive.  She was the chief operating officer for a radio company, successfully operating and marketing stations throughout the southeast; the founder of a computer telephony company, the president of a national business organization, and the former principal broker of a Georgia-based real estate firm.

Her civic career in the Atlanta region spans more than two decades, first as a community advocate, then as an at-large city councilwoman for the City of Atlanta. She served 8 years from 2002-2009 and was re-elected to City Council for 2014-2017.  Norwood’s reputation as a “get it done” solutions provider is legend: citizens all across the city have supported Norwood in every race she’s run.

Mary Norwood has run five races in the City of Atlanta. In the 2001 election for Atlanta City Council citywide, she received more votes than any candidate in the State of Georgia.  In 2005, she ran for re-election and received the most votes of any member of the Atlanta City Council. 

In 2009, she ran for Mayor of Atlanta and received 49.58% of the votes cast. In 2013, she ran for Atlanta City Council citywide and won with 52.77% of the votes cast.  In 2017, she ran again for Mayor of Atlanta and received 49.55% of the votes cast. 

A native of Augusta, Georgia, she attended Sweet Briar College and was graduated from Emory University.  She is married to Dr. Felton Norwood, a retired Atlanta Pediatrician, and lives in Tuxedo Park.