Burger, Walker face off for Ward 1 seat
By Pam Horne, Managing Editor
Bev Burger, incumbent Ward 1 Alderman, faces challenger Jeff Walker in the city’s only contested race in the current Franklin Municipal Election.
Early voting began yesterday and will continue through Thursday, Oct. 17 with election day set for Tuesday, Oct. 22 when residents can vote at their regular polling precinct.
Voters in Ward 1 can cast their ballots early at the Williamson County Administrative Complex, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Oct.12. Early voting is open to any registered voter or any properly registered non-resident property rights voter in the corporate ward limits of the City of Franklin. With four potential ward seats up for re-election, only Ward 1, which encompasses east Franklin and the Cool Springs area, including McKay’s Mill Subdivision, received opposition.
Dana McClendon, Ward 2, Mike Skinner, Ward 3, and Margaret Martin, Ward 4 will be on the ballot unchallenged.
The most significant development for residents of Ward 1 is the recent announcement of the $700 million mixed-use, development called Ovation.
Burger lives in McKay’s Mill and Walker is a resident of Ashton Park, both within a mile of the proposed residential and commercial complex.
Burger, the owner of Secure Data, LLC, is seeking her third term as alderman. She served as vice-mayor from 2006-2009.
Issues that have pressed the city in recent months include how to implement an Integrated Water Resources Plan that calls for a substantial upgrade to the water and wastewater system.
New residential and commercial development in Ward I will continue to press traffic and infrastructure needs as the economy reenergizes and economic activity increases.
The city continues to look at ways to develop a parkland plan that better reflects the needs of the community.
Also, a proposed rezoning request for a large farm on the west side of town in the Urban Growth Boundary of Ward 2 near Fieldstone Farms presents another large development opportunity for the city.
Burger currently serves on the Budget and Finance Committee and the Beer Board.
Jeff Walker, who grew up in Franklin, and graduated from Franklin High School, says he is interested in communicating very directly about issues that he believes impact his constituents.
Walker, a former Franklin firefighter with eight years of service, is partner of TLC Medical in Franklin.
Both candidates say they will attend a town hall-style meeting tonight at 7 pm at the Drury Hotel hosted by an independent group called The Clapham Group, which is associated with a non-profit political organization called Franklin Resolves.
While the public meeting is not being organized specifically for the election, according to the group’s spokesman Ed Parker of Maury County, it is to discuss civic issues that impact the entire community.
Posted on: 10/3/2013