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October 17, 2003

Albany- Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is greeted by a roaring applause. The first female mayor of the capital city talked to students about the importance going to the polls.

"It is so important that every person that cares about their community vote. African Americans who have fought so hard for the right to vote have a special obligation to vote," says Franklin.

She says now that the Albany elections have officially been pushed back, it's important for every eligible voter to be heard even if ballots won't be cast until March.

"In my own election for mayor I won by 188 votes out of 82,000 votes, so every vote counts, and I am living proof of that," Franklin admits.

City Commission candidates not only echo Mayor Franklin's message, but say the extra time will give them a chance to reach more young voters.

"My goal being a retire educator is to make sure that young people understand the processes like Mayor Franklin was speaking of. It's very important that the youth get involved because they will be the ones that will have to take over, and I would like to see the young people get in this election and get involved," says Ward 6 candidate Tommie Postell.

"Its a good spark for our young people to now begin to get involved after hearing her story. Then they can begin to get involved and know that they to can be successful as well as participate in the politics and the public service that carries their lives from day to day," says Ward 4 candidate John White.

And that means going to the polls and casting their vote in the Albany city elections next March.

Several hundred Dougherty County middle and high school students also attended the event. Franklin urged them to get involved in politics and public policy even before they are of voting age.

Posted at 5:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com