Q&A: Meet the candidates for Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Ward 3

Two candidates are seeking the Ward 3 seat on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Two candidates are seeking the Ward 3 seat on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)

Two candidates are seeking the Ward 3 seat on the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)

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Two candidates are running for the Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman, Ward 3, in the Oct. 26 election.

Michelle Sutton and Jason Potts are seeking the position.


Read Q&A's with each candidate below:









Michelle Sutton



Occupation: pharmacy product director for UnitedHealthcare


Experience: previously worked as a Senate bill clerk for the Tennessee General Assembly; businesswoman with 20+ years of professional experience; Ladd Park HOA committee member and board member; member of the Franklin Alliance of HOAs; volunteer with her children's PTO; volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters; volunteer with One Gen Away; volunteer with Journey Church serving the children's ministry; volunteer and sponsor for Village of Hope Uganda


Contact: 615-336-2733




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



MS: I want to focus on the initiatives of growth, infrastructure and communication. Through those initiatives, I want to see the following projects started and completed:Long Lane overpass—This has been number one on the Capital Improvement list for the city and would like to see this started and make sure that the residents on the west side of I-65 understand what that means for them and it does not disturb their area in a negative way. Widening of Columbia Avenue—I know this has been approved by the city and there are plans in place. I want to make sure I listen [to] and understand the concerns of the business owners on Columbia Avenue and communicate that back to city leadership and also communicate back to the business owners on the timeline and what the project will look like. Widening of Lewisburg Pike/431—This is a state road, so I want to make sure we are communicating with our state senators and representatives to get this on their project list. I also want to make sure we communicate with the residents in this area to let them know of the timeline, what it looks like and also hear their concerns and actively address those concerns in a timely manner.



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



MS: Williamson County is a very sought-after area for many reasons. Affordable housing is an ongoing issue in Williamson County and one of the top priorities for Mayor Moore. As an advocate for the free market, I do not believe the government should use citizen tax dollars to fund housing. I do believe the government can be of assistance by waiving some fees and shortening the process when developers commit to building at price points for more financially attainable housing. This is an area that I continue to do more research on, by looking at what other cities have done. I want to continue the conversation with local officials, real estate experts and residents. I would also like to look at local nonprofits and private sectors that have been successful in this arena, by conducting studies and gathering ideas together on what does and could work for Williamson County.











Jason Potts



Occupation: HCA/Parallon manager of quality assurance, patient concerns and content masterfiles


Experience: City of Franklin Citizens Government Academy, graduate; Franklin Alliance of Homeowners Associations, founding member; Maplewood HOA (two terms as president; five years on board of directors)


Contact: 615-554-7626




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



JP: The Ward 3 infrastructure along the I-65 Corridor (roads, water, sewer); the Mack Hatcher Extension [Murfreesboro Road—Hwy. 96—to Columbia Ave]; the Columbia Avenue improvement



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



JP: The city of Franklin should continue to encourage developers to both renovate and build affordable housing. We have an opportunity to collaborate with Tennessee state legislatures to encourage affordable housing. Having affordable single-family housing is very important to our community.





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