by Catherine Brinkman
Lots of people aspire to run for public office for the glory of it. Then there are the people that get so fed up with the current scene that they run to influence change themselves. It isn’t a secret, to be a viable candidate you need a strong message, money and an advisor that can help you navigate the political minefield of a campaign. Enter Howard Franklin, a principal of Ohio River South, one of Georgia’s most successful democratic advisors.
Howard has earned his success, being in the political game for 15 years. Growing up in Detroit, his parents worked at General Motors, and like them Howard was engineer minded. He worked hard in High School, wanted to become a chemical engineer but, then he went into AP English and all of that changed. “The better and better I got in English, the less and less I liked Math. I was part of an inner-city enrichment youth program that toured HBCUs for one week then I applied to schools with Journalism programs,” said Howard.
He was accepted to Morehouse College on a full-scholarship however, due to low enrollment, the university’s journalism program was dropped. Instead, Howard received a double major in English and Sociology. He stayed active in the journalism world, writing for the school newspaper. His senior year at Morehouse Howard was the managing editor of the paper. After college Howard worked as a technical writer for a few startups and found himself transitioning to a job at a prestigious PR firm before being called to politics.
When Howard was 23 he got tapped by Maynard Jackson to run a political non-profit, American Voters League. As CEO of the organization, this was Howard’s first job in politics. It was 2002 when the organization launched. Mayor Jackson was an excellent mentor and role model for Howard, serving as the first black mayor of Atlanta. More impressive, Jackson was the first African American mayor to represent any major southern city. Unfortunately, the former mayor passed in 2003, suffering a heart attack. While the mentorship was short, the effects were lasting.
Meet Howard Franklin a Successful Political Strategist
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