Susan Weiner (c. 1946 – August 11, 2012) was a politician from Georgia, USA, and was the first woman to become Mayor of Savannah. She was a Republican.

Background

Weiner, who was Jewish, was born in Albany, New York and moved to Savannah in the mid-1980s.

Political career

Weiner ran for Mayor of Savannah in 1991. She won the Republican nomination without opposition and defeated five-term incumbent and Democratic nominee John Rousakis with 54% of the vote.[1]

She conducted a law and order campaign in which she promised to address local crime issues. She also advocated "privatizing some city services, such as sanitation, garbage collection, road maintenance and recreational facility maintenance." [2]

Under her tenure, six council members were Democrats; only two were Republicans. Eventually, Weiner abandoned most proposals from her platform.

In 1995, she was narrowly defeated by Councilor Floyd Adams, Jr., a Democrat and an African-American.

Weiner died from complications of cancer in Gainesville, Georgia on August 11, 2012 at the age of 66.[3]

Footnotes

  1. ^ Savannah Morning News, November 6, 1991
  2. ^ Savannah Morning News, July 17, 1991
  3. ^ onlineathens.com (2012-08-13). "Savannah's 1st female mayor, Susan Weiner, dies". Retrieved 2012-08-13. 

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
John Rousakis, Democrat
Mayor of Savannah
1992-1996
Succeeded by
Floyd Adams, Jr., Democrat