Shirley Franklin
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"Shirley Clarke Franklin" is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party (United States)/Democratic Party, and served as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state)/Georgia, from 2002 to 2010. She currently serves as a member on the board of directors for both Delta Air Lines and Mueller Water Products.

The 58th mayor of Atlanta, she was the first female to hold the post and became the first African American/black woman to be elected mayor of any major Southern city. Franklin was Atlanta's fourth black mayor. In July 2009, Mayor Franklin (along with Frances Townsend and Judge William H. Webster) was appointed to an ad hoc Department of Homeland Security special task force for 60-day review of the Homeland Security Advisory System.

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So much has happened, or is about to happen, ... The time is right.

I like Chicago and Mayor Daley, ... But I love Atlanta. And, in this case, we are the big fish.

Atlanta reaches out its arms and heart across the many miles to tell these individuals and families that have been affected that we are here to help and assist in any way that we can.

Four years ago, I stood before the wonderful people of Atlanta and offered myself as their mayor.

Every project doesn't need a front person, ... We are fully engaged on this in city government. We're serious about this effort, and we are going to get it done.

Her life made a difference in the freedoms that we enjoy in America today.

My campaign has already contributed, and I look forward, if there is money remaining, to continue to support local charities.

The ramifications would have been a moratorium on new development, all new development, residential and commercial; heavy fines from the federal government through the federal courts; and possibly the takeover of the city's water system.