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Summer isn’t over yet, but candidates in Franklin’s fall municipal election have already started campaigning.
This October will be the first city election with significant turnover on the board since 2007; three of the four sitting ward aldermen up for election won’t run for another term — Scott Speedy, Dana McLendon and Margaret Martin — nor will interim Alderman At-Large John Schroer.
Included below are the candidates running in each position, as well as details to know prior to the election. To find out which ward you live in, visit www.eoc.franklin-gov.com/mygovernmentservices for an interactive map, including information on trash pickup, fire stations, libraries and ward alderman, among other things.
Several candidates have prior experience running for aldermen; those candidates are denoted with an asterisk. All aldermen on this list have qualified, but they may withdraw from the race by July 22, after the time of publication of this article. Voters must register by Monday, Sept. 27. Election day is Oct. 26, and early voting will run Oct. 6-21.
This ward includes the east side of Franklin, Carothers Parkway, McEwen Drive and the Interstate 65 corridor through Cool Springs north of Murfreesboro Road to Moores Lane.
This ward includes part of Cool Springs west of I-65, including Mallory Station Road and Seaboard Lane, as well as neighborhoods along Hillsboro Road, like Fieldstone Farms, Franklin High School and the Hard Bargain community near downtown.
This ward includes the southernmost parts of Franklin, like Berry Farms and Stream Valley, Columbia Pike heading south and the Natchez community.
This ward covers downtown Franklin’s Main Street and square, as well as part of Liberty Pike by The Factory at Franklin and the Westhaven community.
These aldermen don’t represent any particular ward, but rather, represent constituents from every part of the city. There are four, and at-large elections are typically held two years after the ward alderman elections. The alderman elected in October will serve a two-year term before the next election.