We had a tent at the Fall Heritage Festival in Cowan over the weekend of September 16-18. We registered voters, handed out campaign materials for Bruce Manuel (State Rep), Jason Martin (Governor), Bruce Pender (School Board) and Wayne Steele (U.S. Rep). We also held a sweepstakes to win a One-Year Family Membership to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, which allows for unlimited visits for a family of 2 adults and up to 5 kids. Haley Hall won in a drawing held on Sunday afternoon. She plans to donate the membership to her sister who has young kids. We are so grateful to members such as Josephine Holman (pictured below) who manned the tent and to Tessa Hill’s Sober Living for donating the aquarium membership prize.
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.
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!