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Former Atlanta mayors split endorsements

Just ahead of Atlanta runoff election day, three incumbents of the mayor’s office don’t agree on which mayoral candidate is the best one to make sure the city fulfills its promise.

In front of City Hall this morning, Shirley Franklin, who served as mayor for eight years starting in 2002, said she wants Mary Norwood to be the next mayor.

Ceasar Mitchell Mary Norwood

Atlanta’s mayoral race is up for grabs

The 2017 Atlanta mayoral election is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

And it is anybody’s guess on how it will shake out.

The back-and-forth between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell this past week shined a spotlight on several of the complex issues that will influence the outcome.

Andrew Young

Andrew Young’s book on the ‘Making of Modern Atlanta’ describes the ‘Atlanta Way’

By Guest Columnist HARVEY NEWMAN, co-author of “Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta”

Six years ago, I was asked to work on a project with Ambassador Andrew Young and his daughter, Andrea Young. We began the process by sitting down with Andrew Young, with a tape recorder going, and listening to him tell stories about the decisions that shaped Atlanta’s growth from a small, segregated Southern city into a metropolis capable of hosting an international, multi-cultural event such as the Olympic Games.

This was a remarkable transformation in just a few decades.

The result of this project is a new book about our city, Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta, which was published by Mercer University Press.