By EMILY R. WEST
With less than a month until the Nov. 8 election, Mayor Ken Moore has endorsed one candidate for the House District 65 race.
Moore said in an emailed statement he endorsed Republican Sam Whitson for the seat. Whitson beat embattled Republican Jeremy Durham in the August primary.
During the height of Durham’s problems in July, Moore called on him to step down. The House later expelled Durham in a 70-2 vote in September.
“As Mayor of Franklin, it’s important to me that we have reliable and proven leaders representing our community in the state legislature,” Moore said. “Sam is a man of character and integrity who has devoted his life to service to his country and to our community. Whether as current Chair of the Battlefield Preservation Commission, his past service as Chair of the Carter House State Historical Site or his involvement in several veterans organizations, Sam has shown his commitment to making Franklin and Williamson County a better place.”
Moore went on to say that he believed Whitson stood committed to issues facing the area, like education, roads, a low tax rate and light regulations.
“I look forward to working with Sam as a partner to build upon Franklin’s many successes and to address the challenges that lie ahead for our state and local community,” Moore said.
Whitson will face Democrat Holly McCall on the ballot.