To the editor,
As a resident of Franklin since 1976, I am once again amazed and embarrassed at the extremely low voter turnout for early voting in the current city of Franklin election.
The mayor is running unopposed, as is Alderman Ann Petersen, but three current serving aldermen — Clyde Barnhill, Brandy Blanton and Pearl Bransford — are being opposed in this election by Howard Garrett, Michelle Sutton and Bhavani Muvvala.
Contact all of the candidates and ask the important questions, including their voting history in city elections, where they currently serve and where have they served in Franklin. Ask them: Where and how can you make a difference if you are elected?
Our amazing town continues to grow, and we must face the growth and challenges with smart growth and proven elected leaders.
Every vote counts. I can tell you that they do as I ran for alderman in 2017 against Alderman Bev Burger.
It is your right as a registered voter to vote for the candidate of your choice, and your vote can make a difference.
Early voting continues at the county administration complex through Oct. 17. Hours during the week are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and voting on Saturday is from 8-noon.
Election Day is Oct. 22, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On that day you will have to vote in your regular voting precinct.
Get out and vote! It is your right, your privilege and your duty as a citizen and should definitely be taken seriously.