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Former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has officially entered Atlanta's mayoral race for a historic third term.

Reed, who left the mayor's office under suspicion of corruption in 2017, is running again after serving as mayor for eight years.

He is pictured with Atlanta's current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a photo dated October 4, 2017.

AJC.com reports Reed filed paperwork Tuesday night forming a committee that will allow him to begin accepting campaign donations for the 2021 mayor's race.

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Reed, who turns 52 on Thursday, will celebrate his birthday with a party that will double as a $1,000-per-guest fundraiser.

Speculation swirled that Reed would run for a third term after embattled Atlanta Mayor Bottoms announced she couldn't take the pressure anymore and would not run for reelection.

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Bottoms' announcement was historic -- the first time since Mayor Maynard Jackson that an incumbent mayor chose to not seek reelection.

Reed becomes the first mayor since Jackson to run for a third term.

Reed's second term was marred by a federal corruption investigation into several members of his administration, including bribery convictions against his chief procurement officer and a deputy chief of staff. Reed’s chief financial officer is currently under indictment for fraud and weapons charges.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will not seek re-election this fall. The first-term Democrat made the announcement in a letter posted on Twitter.com late Thursday.

In her letter, Bottoms thanked her supporters and highlighted her accomplishments since winning the election in 2017.

Bottoms said she and her husband "have given thoughtful prayer and consideration" and decided not to seek another term.

Bottoms was the 60th mayor of Atlanta and the 2nd Black woman to serve as mayor of Atlanta.

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The news comes hours after Bottoms defended her decision to terminate Officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot last June.

Bottoms said she fired Rolfe to prevent riots in Atlanta in the wake of other high-profile police shootings last summer.

But the city burned anyway and an innocent child was shot dead during the riots.

The Atlanta Civil Service Board reinstated Rolfe with back pay this week. The board cited the city's failure to follow proper protocols in terminating Rolfe without due process.

Rolfe is still on administrative leave until murder charges in Brooks' case are dropped.

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