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Franklin's seat on commission may have opposition

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

Competition has emerged for the District 7 seat on Wilson County Commission now vacant after the resignation of Don Franklin who suffered a stroke in May.

Franklin’s wife, Georgia, has said she is interested in completing her husband’s term on the commission, but Terry Scruggs, a Wilson Emergency Management Agency employee, has said he is interested in the position. Another person, Brian Fountain, a Lebanon firefighter, is also believed to be interested.

Franklin had been in a rehab center and then at Elmcroft Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care. He resigned his seat in a letter that was presented to commission at the Sept. 21 meeting.

Mrs. Franklin sent an official letter to the commission expressing interest in completing her husband’s term which ends in November 2010. She has said she will not run for re-election.

It is something of an unwritten rule to let someone have the seat of an unfit or deceased family member if that person is unchallenged as Mrs. Franklin was until recently.

“There are two men who have said that they want Don’s seat,” she said. “I don’t know why they won’t just wait ’til next fall and then they can fight over it. I just want to finish his term. Don always wanted me to get into politics.”

“I have received a letter from Terry Scruggs,” said Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman. “I have heard that Ken Fountain also wants the seat, but I haven’t gotten a letter from him.”

If Scruggs and Fountain pursue the seat, commissioners will then vote on who they think should fill the position. Whoever receives 13 votes will have the majority and be declared the winner.

“The law was recently changed to allow the public to come to the meeting and nominate a candidate,” Dedman said. “Of course, each nomination, even ones from commissioners, must be seconded before they can be voted on.”

The vote will be decided at the next meeting, which is Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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