Q&A: Meet the candidates for Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Ward 2

Four candidates are vying for the Ward 2 seat on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Four candidates are vying for the Ward 2 seat on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Four candidates are vying for the Ward 2 seat on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

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Four candidates are running for the Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman, Ward, 2, in the Oct. 26 election.

Mike Vaughn, Matt Brown, Angela Hubbard and Tina Pierret are seeking the position.


Read Q&A's with each candidate below:









Mike Vaughn



Occupation: CEO, Adora Life Science (research, development, commercialization company for animal and human health, located in Franklin, Tennessee and Albany, New York)


Experience: 30-plus years serving on corporate and government boards. Former 162 neighborhood HOA president; caused city to change waste water treatment plant design to include odor controls, remove on site biosolids waste processing, removal of unpermitted compost dump next to neighborhood; challenged water sewer rate hikes; negotiated trail lease with Williamson County Parks Recreation; negotiated Harlinsdale bridge trail access, established statewide not-for-profit to promote Tennessee heritage; co-creator of official Tennessee bicentennial program, Pride of Tennessee; set up successful international management company in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong.


Campaign Website: www.vaughnforfranklin.com
Contact: 615-582-1002




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



MV: Complete Mack Hatcher [Parkway] loop, complete 4 lanes, complete capital projects for waste water treatment.



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



MV: Define who qualifies for affordable housing tax credits then let private sector market forces operate.











Matt Brown



Occupation: cofounder and brand strategist, BrandMETTLE, LLC


Experience: I’m a small business owner, community volunteer, past CEO, and veteran of the Army National Guard. For more than two decades, I have been focused on showing gratitude through service. I have worked extensively with or provided support to local organizations such as Franklin Tomorrow, Friends of Franklin Parks, the African-American Heritage Society of Williamson County, GraceWorks Ministries, One Generation Away, and Mayor Ken Moore’s Unite Williamson initiative. As cofounder of BrandMETTLE, I spend my days conducting market research and building strategies to help companies and brands of all sizes successfully launch and grow in their respective marketplaces. Before creating BrandMETTLE, I served as CEO of multiple leading healthcare communications agencies. I am a graduate of The Ohio State University. Originally from Ohio, my family and I moved to Franklin in 2017. We are Stakeholders at Church of the City in Franklin.


Campaign Website: www.brown4ward2.com
Contact: 615-651-4757




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



MB: I believe we need smart, controlled growth with a focus on preserving the aesthetic and daily enjoyment of our community, while giving our current infrastructure projects an opportunity to catch up. The economic vitality and unique charm of Franklin didn’t – and doesn’t—happen by accident. I support further development of our walkways and trails for resident connectivity, wellness and convenience. Let’s also find ways to make the Harpeth an asset for our community. I am also eager to explore opportunities such as the development of Fifth Ave North, as an important gateway into Downtown Franklin.



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



MB: I believe this needs to be privately led. In the current market, with high property values and building material costs, it is going to be challenging to bring forth attainable housing options without the collective effort of businesses, utilities, non-profits, landowners, developers and builders.











Angela Hubbard



Occupation: retired airline pilot


Experience: Being a successful pilot requires being able to make and execute a plan under every circumstance. The city of Franklin needs to be able to stick to their plan moving forward in a responsible way.


Contact: 225-205-1162




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



AH: The Columbia Avenue improvements need to be completed, and the Franklin Road corridor improvements project is a nightmare to everyone that travels it, and the SR-96 West Multi-Use Trail needs to be completed. These are just a few of the roadways that are in my ward that I think should be completed soon. There are many more projects that have been approved and started that need prioritizing.



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



AH: I believe that the city has a responsibility to approve developments that only include affordable housing. We need to keep in mind the many young home buyers that want to live in and grow Franklin when approving projects.











Tina Pierret



Occupation: real estate broker at Fridrich & Clark Realty Experience :2019 Chair of the Government Affairs Committee at Williamson County Association of Realtors


Campaign Website: www.tinapierret.com
Contact: 615-335-3270




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



TP: I believe that infrastructure project completion is our top priority to keep pace with the increased demand on utilities and roads that has accompanied the surge of growth and development in recent years. Adding the proposed additional two lanes onto the recent Mack Hatcher extension, as well as completion of the Long Lane extension will have an impact toward relieving traffic congestion. We also need to understand the wishes of Franklin residents for the final phase of Mack Hatcher. And the additional sewer capacity/upgrade project proposed near the Ag EXPO Park will be needed sooner than later as development progresses along the I-65 corridor.



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



TP: One question that needs to be addressed when discussing affordable housing is "how do we define affordability?” The current guidelines within Envision Franklin do allow for limited density to be incorporated into a project. However, I don't often hear discussions about price points as developments are being proposed. For example, a household making 80% of the median income for Williamson County (around $65,000/year) would be able to afford a home costing roughly $320,000-$350,000 with a 20% down payment. As an Alderman, I will ask developers early on in the process how they could include some homes with smaller footprints and/or lot sizes as part of their plans, while adhering to the same quality and design standards to ensure a continuity of value within the project.





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