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Young announces support for Franklin


Shirley Franklin rolled out the first (and least surprising) of her major individual endorsements Monday morning when Andrew Young announced his support for Franklin, who worked as Young's chief administrative officer when he was mayor.

The question, though, is how much such an endorsement will matter. With Atlanta's changing demographics (i.e. new white folks moving into traditionally black neighborhoods), names like Young's and former Mayor Maynard Jackson's have a diminished significance.

Still, official backing by heavyweights like Young and Jackson is going to give their candidate a bounce in the standings -- just maybe not as big of a bounce as their endorsements would have given eight years ago.

Young, Atlanta's mayor from 1982 to 1990, was joined by other local religious heavyweights such as the Rev. Joseph Lowery, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Rev. Timothy McDonald, head of Concerned Black Clergy.

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