Last Franklin candidate files, alderman election set

Last Franklin candidate files, alderman election set

Elizabeth Wanczak/ Photo courtesy of Harmony Designs Photography


A mother and former business owner has now filed to run against longtime Ward 4 Alderman Margaret Martin.

“I don’t think I’m running against her as just running,” said Elizabeth Downing Wanczak, of Franklin.

Wanczak filed her petition with 50 signatures on Wednesday, she said.

The deadline for running was noon Thursday. A total of nine candidates have filed to run in the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen election, which will be Tuesday, Oct. 24.

In Ward 1, Alderman Beverly Burger faces competition from J. Edward Campbell and Michael Phillips. Ward 2 Alderman Dana McLendon faces Mike Vaughn. Alderman Michael Skinner will face Scott Speedy in Ward 3.

Rounding out the races, Martin faces Wanczak in Ward 4.

Wanczak has a degree in political science from Sewanee – The University of the South and has always been interested in running, she said.

For years, she owned a music publishing company in Nashville before shuttering it in April.

She has a two-year-old daughter and grew up in Houston, Texas, before coming to Tennessee to try and establish a music career, she said.

She said she thinks Franklin and is growing and she has new ideas. She said she decided to enter the race talking to her family last weekend.

“We said, ‘Why not?’” she said. “It’s time.”

The voter registration deadline to be eligible for the Franklin election is Monday, Sept. 25. Early voting runs from Oct. 4 through Oct. 19.

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