Atlanta — Andrew Young, former US ambassador to the United Nations and a former congressman, has announced his candidacy for mayor, six months before the Oct. 6 election. He is the sixth candidate to enter the race to succeed Maynard Jackson, who became the first black mayor of a major Southern city eight years ago.
Mr. Young has received endorsements from the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and Coretta Scott King, father and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom Young served as a lieutenant during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. He also was all but endorsed by Mayor Jackson, who called him the most likely candidate in what promised to be a crowde d field.