On October 14, 2021, Dr. Jason Martin, Candidate for Governor of Tennessee visited Franklin County and shared his visit for the state stressing his experience as a doctor working through the pandemic.
Our 2022 Franklin County Democratic Party Scholarship is Olivia Pender. She is planning to go to UT Chattanooga in the fall.
On Tuesday, April 26, area Democrats gathered at the Franklin County Annex to meet one of the candidates in the Democratic primary for governor of Tennessee, Memphis City Councilman and lawyer, J.B. Smiley, Jr. Mr. Smiley spoke of his desire to find common ground with all constituents and gave many examples of his being a pragmatic problem solver. He is determined to visit all 95 counties in Tennessee. His opponent in the Democratic primary for Governor of Tennessee, Dr. Jason Martin of Nashville visited Franklin County in October of last year.
Voters have the opportunity to choose candidates in the primary on August 4, who will then go on to compete in the November State and National Midterm Election. August 4 is also when many local and county races will be decided including County Commission, School Board, County Mayor, Sheriff, County Clerk, Road Commissioner, and others. These local offices are just as important as the big statewide and national offices in our daily lives. They determine your property tax rate, maintain law and order, make important zoning decisions, determine teacher pay and other school programs, make sure our roads are well maintained, just to name a few. For assistance voting and to learn more about the candidates, please go to franklincountytennesseedemocraticparty.com.
Several of the candidates for local office were in attendance: Ashley Carolyn Bowers, Franklin County School Board, District 7; Bruce Manuel, TN House of Representatives, District 39; JB Smiley Jr., TN Governor; Wayne Steele, US House, District 4; Floyd Blackwell, Franklin County School Board, District 1;
Spike Hosch, Franklin County Commissioner, District 5, Seat B (Left to right)
Our last big in person event with the public was on February 17, 2020. It was our annual President’s Day Spelling Bee for kids and American History Bee for adults. There was also a magic show and a potluck dinner. Pictured are our 2 winners.
The Franklin County Democratic Party is so grateful to the tireless work of the Frankli County Health Department giving COVID tests outside in all weather and delivering vaccines. In April of 2021, we delivered flowers, pizza, and cookies to our healthcare workers to show our appreciation.
The FCDP raised money to have a Biden Harris billboard on I-24 at the Pelham/Decherd exit at the bottom of the mountain heading East towards Monteagle/Chattanooga.
This young lady is Victoria Gamez, the 2021 recipient of the scholarship sponsored by the Franklin County Democratic Party and the Franklin County Democratic Women. She received several scholarships and other honors at the FCHS Senior Awards Program Thursday, April 29. Her plans are to attend The University of Tennessee at Martin, majoring in biology, We hope to have her at an upcoming monthly party meeting. Congratulations, Victoria!
The FCDP brought lunch to the striking trade union workers on July 7. We stand in solidarity with them!
On August 21, 2021, The Franklin County Democratic Party held its reorganization and chose new officers and a new executive committee.
Chair: Sherry Hamby
1st Vice Chair: Bruce Manuel
2nd Vice Chair: Spike Hosch
3rd Vice Chair: Tessa Hill
Secretary: Helen Stapleton
Treasurer: Ashley Bowers
On September 28, 2019, the Franklin County Democratic Party hosted its annual BBQ Supper and Fundraiser honoring the life and legacy of State Representative George Fraley. Our scheduled speakers were TN House members, Gloria Johnson and Karen Camper, but unfortunately Ms. Camper was unable to make it.