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Political Notebook: Franklin to receive tribute

The Council for Quality Growth will send Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin off with a bang.

The Gwinnett-based group, which expanded its top prize to metro Atlanta several years ago, will bestow its Four Pillars Award on the outgoing mayor.

In a press release, officials said the Oct. 8 event can be considered the business community's "thank you" for Franklin's dedication to the city. She will leave office at the end of the year.

"Mayor Franklin's focus on improving Atlanta's ailing infrastructure, ethics reform and partnering with all constituencies for success has resulted in new vitality and strength for Atlanta," said Georgia Power President Mike Garrett. "Her leadership has set Atlanta's course for future generations and, simply put, people want to live in the city again. We all thank her for a job well done and congratulate her on being honored with the Council for Quality Growth's prestigious Four Pillar Award."

The award recognizes leaders for exemplifying "quality, responsibility, vision and integrity."

"Mayor Franklin's vision for the city includes quality growth projects like the BeltLine which will be her legacy to the city," Council President and CEO Michael Paris said. "The businesses across Atlanta should thank her for all she has done for the city and this is the perfect opportunity to do so."

The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Two more endorsements for Harrell

State House candidate Brett Harrell picked up two more endorsements from former Snellville officials.

Harrell, who was mayor of the city from 2000 to 2003, got support from former Councilmen Mike Smith and Joe Anderson.

"Brett respects both homeowners and business owners. He is a man of action, principle and passion that has and will represent our community well," Anderson said. "I am honored to join in support of Brett Harrell for State Representative and I encourage our community to rally behind Brett, who will continue to deliver for us."

Smith added, "He has truly remarkable vision, builds coalitions, and delivers for those he represents. Brett is well-known at the state Capitol and he is without doubt, the best candidate to represent Snellville and southern Gwinnett as our next state representative."

Harrell, along with Snellville Councilman Warren Auld, is seeking the House District 106 seat, currently held by Melvin Everson. Everson is running in the 2010 labor commissioner race.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.