Melanie Hamblen exemplifies a local leader that is accessible and listens to the needs of their constituents. 'Mel' places a heavy emphasis on building a stronger community and works to "find consensus and commonalities and listen to ideas and facts and think about how an issue will affect all of Franklin".
Cobi Frongillo is a tireless advocate for a more equitable and representative community. Cobi has hosted four Community Conversations on race, organized online and in-person feedback opportunities on street accessibility, attended a diverse set of Town events, and helped launch the Franklin Freedom Team - a coalition of town leaders prepared to respond to instances of hate in our community.
Robert Dellorco is a strong advocate for a stronger, more equitable community which is highlighted in his work with the SAFE Coalition. As a founding member, 'Bobby' believes in providing a support system to our most vulnerable neighbors, supporting, educating and empowering individuals and families affected by substance use disorder. He also believes we need to "focus on providing affordable housing in Franklin so that both our young and older residents can continue to live and prosper in our town".
Ted Cormier-Leger embodies building a strong community through his work highlighting Franklin's cultural diversity, arts scene, and youth opportunities. He is "extremely proud of what we have accomplished on the Franklin Cultural Council", especially the recent "fantastic Franklin Cultural Festival on our town common which attracted over 8,000 people". He serves as a board member for the Franklin Youth Football & Cheer and has advocated passionately against cutting the funding for the arts in FPS.
Patrick Sheridan supports a vision for an equitable Franklin that is socioeconomically diverse and is accessible to people of different levels of income. He believes in providing an appropriate mix of housing alternatives for middle income workers and supporting development opportunities for low, moderate and middle income households. He will also strive to a create a more representative government-- one that "increas[es] community participation" and encourages residents to provide their insight and voice.
Tom Mercer embodies building a stronger community through his current role as chair of the Town Committee. Tom regularly appears on the Franklin Matters program 'Town Council Quarterbacking' to summarize the most recent council meeting so that folks who may not have the time to attend or watch the entire multi-hour event can still be engaged and informed about local government. Tom emphasizes equity by pledging to support the recommendations put forth by the Housing Production Plan, and he encourages a stronger Franklin by supporting the Zoning Diagnostic of Downtown.
Deborah Pellegri encourages a stronger community by advocating for residents to be well-informed and participative in the workings of the Town by acting as a reservoir of Franklin knowledge. Debbie has a deep foundational knowledge of the Town of Franklin Code Book and bylaws.
Brian Chandler worked for a stronger community for 22 years through his service on the Franklin Police Department. During his time on the force, Brian participated in "community policing", and he believes in fostering a welcome environment for Franklin residents new and old. He prides himself on his accessibility, and he even gives out his phone number while campaigning.
Glenn Jones prioritizes equity in his long term planning through his commitment to "maintenance of our 40B affordable housing percentage [and] low-income housing options". He is also committed to building a stronger community through transparent government, serving as the communication liaison for the Council where he "work[s] closely with various media entities within the Town...to promote clear, concise, and educational media for the community".