Columbus Attorney and former mayor Frank Martin is being treated at St. Francis Hospital after suffering a mild stroke Friday morning , his son and law partner John Martin said Saturday
Martin, 71, was at his son's home when he began to have problems and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
"I think he has turned the corner and is doing better," John Martin said Saturday.
Doctors discovered a blockage in a carotid artery and could perform surgery as early as Monday, the son said.
"It was about 70 percent blocked," he said. "They are going to go in and do a bypass, but they need to keep him steady for at least 24 hours."
Martin, a Columbus native with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia, has been a key figure in Columbus for many years. He left private law practice in 1990 to run for mayor, and was elected for one term.
He is often credited with changing the direction of Columbus by winning voters approval of a 1 percent sales tax that allowed for significant construction projects. Among them are the Columbus Civic Center, Public Safety Center and the Chattahoochee Riverwalk. He also helped lure the Olympic softball venue to Columbus for the 1996 Atlanta Game.
In recent years, he has been the senior partner in The Martin Firm, a Columbus law practice which specializes in criminal defense.