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Hanson enters Franklin alderman at-large race

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Gabrielle Hanson

Gabrielle Hanson

Gabrielle Hanson, a Westhaven resident, has officially announced her election campaign for alderman at-large in Franklin.

She’s on the ballot against three other candidates — Alan Simms, Bhavani Kumar Muvvala and John E. Haynes — running for the seat vacated by interim Alderman John Schroer, who was appointed to serve as alderman in the winter of 2020 after the death of Pearl Bransford, who served in that role for 13 years. 

Hanson said in a news release she will focus on continued, dynamic economic growth that provides a diversified revenue stream for Franklin and a lessened tax burden on property owners. 

“Our city leaders have done a fabulous job attracting global corporate business as an economic driver,” she said. “Continuing to focus on business growth, attracting world class dining, shopping and event venues, will build our financial resources so that Franklin remains fiscally strong.”

Hanson believes maintaining a good balance between rural and suburban will help Franklin continue to be a thriving, modern community with rural heritage as the city continues to grow.

“Through my volunteer work with The Land Trust For Tennessee, I have had the opportunity to visit breathtaking rural properties that are being preserved for future generations to appreciate,” she said. “I love being able to drive a few short minutes outside of town and be surrounded by rolling hills, lush valleys peppered with grazing cattle and horses.

“I never take for granted that living in Franklin is a privilege. The level of public safety we enjoy is unprecedented. We are able to send our children to some of the best public schools in the nation, stroll the historically preserved streets, shopping, dining and be entertained by some of the nations’ finest performers. I am running for alderman at-large to ensure that this lifestyle is maintained and that Franklin can be treasured by everyone for generations to come.”

Hanson and her husband, Tom, who is in commercial real estate, are parents to a homeschooled daughter, Ashton. They have a horse, Blue Belle, and attend Grace Church in Franklin.

She is the principal broker and owner of Williamson Real Estate and was recently named Best Realtor in Middle Tennessee by The Tennessean. She also was instrumental in initiating Tenn. Code Ann. §62-13-312(b)(11) that passed in spring of 2021, allowing Tennessee real estate licensee’s to be paid as an LLC. 

Hanson completed the Franklin Citizens Government Academy and is the former chair of RPAC at the Williamson County Association of Realtors, served on the National Association of Realtors RPAC Participation Committee where she won top honors for Tennessee, currently serves as the political coordinator to Sen. Jack Johnson with the Tennessee Realtors and is also on the Tennessee Realtors Government Affairs Committee and serves with Sister Cities International of Franklin. 

“Franklin is one of the kindest, most giving communities you will ever find,” she said. “It’s genuine, a true treasure. I want to continue to make sure that Franklin is for everyone who dreams to call it home.”

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