Lone opponent, four incumbents to run for BOMA election
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
As of noon today – the deadline to file a petition to run for a seat on the Board of Mayor and Alderman for the city of Franklin – five candidates filed petitions to become the next alderman for Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Incumbent aldermen Dana McClendon, III, Ward 2, Michael Skinner, Ward 3 and Margaret Martin, Ward 4 run unchallenged, while Beverly Burger, Ward 1 faces an opponent in the race.
Opponent Jeff Walker, Franklin native, will challenge incumbent Burger for Ward 1.
Election day is scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 22 with early voting, Oct. 2-17.
Jeff Walker, Opponent Ward 1, greater Cool Springs area
Jeff and Ashley Walker with son Cash.
Jeff Walker, 32, grew up in Franklin, where he now raises his son Cash with his wife Ashley. “I am in the time in my life when I want to give back and serve the citizens of Franklin,” Walker said.
“It’s not just a title. It’s about being a part of the community with a serving heart. That is what’s important in my life.”
He served as a firefighter for the Franklin Fire Department for eight years and is a partner for TLC Medical.
Walker says that Franklin has always been his home, and he doesn’t want to be anywhere else.
“When I was five years old, I saw Franklin Engine #2 driving down Hwy. 96 when there was just a Shoney’s there, and I said that’s what I want to do. I never applied to any other fire department, and it’s the same thing here,” Walker said.
“I don’t have further political ambitions, I just want to serve Franklin.”
While working as a firefighter for the city on an alternating schedule, Walker also worked as a “delivery guy” for TLC Medical since 2002. He advanced to sales and now owns part of the company including the delivery department where he began.
“I’ve seen both sides. I’ve worked in the city and lived in the city and now I want to vote for the city,” Walker said. “I want to be an ear for Franklin.”
Beverly Burger, Incumbent Ward 1
Alderman Beverly Burger has served on BOMA since 2005 and served as Franklin’s Vice Mayor from 2006 to 2008. She currently serves on the Finance and Budget Committee and Beer Board.
Previously Burger served on the Public Enterprise Committee, Community Economic and Development Committee, and was past Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and Beer Board.
She also sat on the review committee for the Battlefield of Franklin Master Plan.
Burger is the owner of Secure Data ID, LLC, the licensed distributor in Middle TN of the 911 ID Card Brands and Products: medical, financial, insurance and pet ID Cards.
She was also the owner of The Burger Group, LLC, (1995 to 2009) a marketing research and strategic planning firm.
Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman
BOMA election process
Aldermen serve a four-year term with elections staggered in two-year intervals. Voters elect the Mayor and at-large aldermen during one election, while alderman, representing a geographic ward, are elected two years later.
Four aldermen represent geographic wards, and four are at-large.
Aldermen must be residents of the State of Tennessee for more than one year and residents of the City of Franklin for at least six months preceding their election to office.
Aldermen must reside within the city during their term of office. The aldermen must have resided in their respective wards for at least sixty days preceding their election, and continue to reside within the ward during their term of office.
The withdrawal deadline for this election is Thursday, July 25 at noon.
Posted on: 7/18/2013