Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, serving her second term as a citywide representative, announced the formation of an exploratory committee to determine whether she will vie for a ticket on the mayoral ballot in 2009.

“I have filed the papers to form an exploratory committee,” she said. “People all over the city have asked me to run for mayor.”

The exploratory committee consists of more than 120 citizens from 88 neighborhoods throughout Atlanta, with representation from every council district and every Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU).

“I am thrilled and honored that so many people with such an impressive cumulative history of building better communities have agreed to introduce me to their neighbors,” Norwood said.

A Buckhead resident, Norwood is one of three council members elected citywide. She serves on the Transportation Committee, as the vice chair of the Committee on Council and on the Community Development and Human Resources Committee. Previously, she served on the Finance/Executive, Public Safety and Zoning Committees. She has been vice chair of the Zoning, Transportation and of Community Development and Human Resources committees.