While most political observers are wrapped-up in presidential politics, a growing number of politicians and political operatives are starting to eye a race for mayor of Atlanta which will follow the 2016 cycle. Most of the likely candidates have already made their intentions known and the list is impressive. But a giant changeup may be in the works that none of the current potential candidates, including a City Council president, former or current Council members and a former top member of Mayor Kasim Reed’s staff, ever expected.

A group of business and civic leaders have approached former Mayor Shirley Franklin and asked her to consider running for her former post. Sources close to Franklin tell InsiderAdvantage that she is considering the possibility of making a run in 2017. Franklin is still mourning the loss of her son, who passed away several weeks ago after a battle with cancer. Those close to her say that she will give herself time to heal from her loss before making her decision.

A Franklin reprise would not be a first for the city. The late Maynard Jackson served as mayor for two terms and was prohibited by law from seeking a third successive term. But after Andrew Young completed his two terms in office, Jackson came back for a third term. 

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