It’s no secret I’m a Republican, though I’ve voted for Democrats in the past. But, I was not enamored with Shirley Franklin when she ran for election. I thought she was too connected to the outgoing administration to be any good. Boy was I wrong.
More jobs, thriving businesses, fewer homeless people and better public schools.
Those were Shirley Franklin’s central pledges in seeking another four-year term as Atlanta’s mayor.
And Tuesday, the politician seen as one of the nation’s most respected big-city mayors appeared well-positioned to deliver on those promises. Early results showed Franklin far outdistancing her lesser-known rivals.
Many observers saw Franklin’s re-election as a sure bet. Some of the wealthiest names in the city and state supported her campaign, and it didn’t hurt that U.S. News & World Report recently named her one of America’s “best leaders.” That recognition came months after Time magazine called her one of the country’s five best mayors.
I have been genuinely pleased with Franklin’s leadership. I think most Democrat mayors of big cities eventually run them into the ground. New York, for example, had to have Rudy rescue it. Franklin, on the other hand, should fairly be considered the gold standard for urban Democrat leadership in the country.