Meet the candidates running for Ward 4 on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen

Two candidates are running for Ward 4 on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact staff)
Two candidates are running for Ward 4 on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact staff)

Two candidates are running for Ward 4 on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact staff)










Elizabeth Downing Wanczak



Occupation: mom, entrepreneur and former small business owner, commissioner on the Housing Commission


Experience: I am running to serve on Franklin BOMA because I believe in serving our community and our neighbor. It is a foundational tenet of my faith. I believe I am qualified for this position because of my experience in other community organizations - such as serving on the City of Franklin Housing Commission, my neighborhood's HOA committees, and my background as a small business owner and paralegal. I understand how to build consensus and with my skills as a mom, understand how to work under pressure and to multitask successfully. I am also a people person and am an accessible advocate for my neighbors.


Contact: 615-861-1590




What projects or initiatives would you most like to see completed in Franklin in the near future?



EDW: I would like the city to prioritize controlled, planned growth particularly with the consideration of the re-evaluation of the boundaries for the UGB and the completion of several infrastructure projects that are needed because of the growth. With the completion of the Mack Hatcher [Parkway] extension, Ward 4 is about to be a large portion of the development of the city and I want to make sure that we are growing sustainably and in particular not developing the flood plains. I would also like to see the city prioritize workforce/attainable housing.



What role do you believe the city has in addressing the need for affordable housing in the area?



EDW: The city needs to be playing an active role. I have received a question on this issue now from not only journalists but also Williamson, Inc. and WCAR. This is a true economic issue for Franklin. The city should look to expand the incentive program that was passed by BOMA this past February, as well as continuing to lobby our state legislative delegation to remove the ban on inclusionary zoning. I believe I am uniquely suited to be a leader on this issue after serving on the Housing Commission for the last 4 years.











Patrick Baggett



Occupation: Insurance Broker


Experience: City of Franklin Sustainability Commission, Worked in a small business as an insurance broker in Franklin, Harlinsdale Committee- Friends of Franklin Parks, Past President Franklin Noon Rotary Club, Board President Franklin Tomorrow, Vice President Franklin’s Charge, Member Christ Community Church, other volunteer and professional Boards and committees in Franklin.


Contact: 615-861-1033




What projects or initiatives would you most like to see completed in Franklin in the near future?



PB: My top priorities would be:Engaging and working to activate citizen engagement on an Envision Franklin refresh. Envision Franklin is due for a planned refresh in 2022 and I believe we need to work with staff and citizens to make sure the growth plan better matches the current desires of Franklin’s citizens and property owners; Advocating for a new City Hall that is aesthetically appropriate for the town square, functional for city staff and an efficient use of taxpayer dollars; Prioritizing the continued financial security of the city by managing spending, prioritizing key capital projects and continuing the city’s tradition of minimizing resident tax obligations; Assessing and reviewing traffic plan for the entire city and specifically focusing on relieving congestion issues and hot spots in Downtown Franklin. (for example- Lewisburg and S Margin, 3rd Ave South between Church and Margin) Would like to investigate and invest in state-of-the-art smart technology to better manage traffic signaling in our city’s high traffic areas. Prioritizing investment in parks system and park services across the City and continue investing in mobility infrastructure to create a more walkable and bikeable community.



What role do you believe the city has in addressing the need for affordable housing in the area?



PB: This is a complex issue with many different definitions and perspectives on what affordable/workforce housing is. To begin to address more effectively we need a unified plan for the City that incorporates input from the non-profits, private sector and quasi-governmental agencies that work in this space. We need a strategy that sets out to achieve specific and clear objectives that have economic and social impacts to our city. We need to prioritize those objectives and then begin to consider policy actions (only if necessary) to achieve those set clear objectives. The city of Franklin should work with private and non-profit partners on a community strategy to encourage the private sector to deliver the stock of housing needed to house our workforce. I would support reviewing certain incentive-based programs for developers to build certain types of housing stock at certain price points if it is evident that by doing so, we will be making a meaningful impact to addressing the workforce housing availability in Franklin.





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