Who’s Tyler Perry backing in the Atlanta mayoral race?

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and filmmaker Tyler Perry at the meeting announcing Perry's purchase of 330 acres at the former Fort McPherson Army base on Aug. 8, 2014. AJC file photo: David Tulis

Entertainment mogul filmmaker Tyler Perry has enjoyed a strong friendship with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed during the years Reed has run the city. He gives Hizzoner a shout-out in his newly released inspirational book “Higher is Waiting,” crediting Reed with turning him onto the Fort McPherson property where his studio complex is now located.

So, who’s looking good to him in the contest to succeed Reed?

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“I am a fan of Keisha Lance Bottoms and I’m hoping she does well. I’m also a fan of Mary Norwood,” Perry said “I just want whoever’s the best leader for the city. I want somebody who is strong and powerful and will do a great job. I think Kasim did a fantastic job.”

Perry diplomatically and presciently saluted the two front runners ahead of last month’s general election, during an interview to discuss “Higher Is Waiting.”  Read the full interview here.