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5005 Meridian Boulevard, Ste. 150, Franklin, TN 37067

Meet The Candidates







Beverly Burger




Bev currently serves the City of Franklin as Alderman for Ward I.

She was elected to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2005 and currently serves on the Capital Investment Committee.  She previously served on the Finance and Budget Committee, City Beer Board and served as the City’s Vice-Mayor from 2006-2008.

Since 1995 Burger has owned and managed The Burger Group, LLC, a creative marketing and strategic planning business started in Huntsville, AL. She previously worked in national corporate sales, franchise publishing sales and was a media-advertising writer and senior account manager. Ohio native, Burger has lived in several states as well as abroad. While at Kent State University, where she majored in journalism, she photographed the Kent State shootings. Her photographs appear in numerous publications, documentarie, and history books.

Actively involved in community service, Bev was a co-founder and director of crisis centers for women in KY and VA.  She has served on numerous boards of directors and worked with national, state and local political campaigns for over thirty-five years.  She served on the Board of Directors for Bridges Shelter, is a member of various other non-profit and service organizations and served as vice president of Republican Women of Williamson County (RWWC) She’s the co-founder and active member of Biscuits and Bullets, a gun and shooting club for women.

She currently serves on advisory boards for the Davis House Children’s Advocacy Center and the Franklin Clapham Group; the King’s Meadow Study Center Board of Directors and is a member of RWWC.

Burger is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Franklin and recently appointed as an Ambassador for Sisters on the Planet by OXFAM America (saving lives by addressing poverty, hunger and injustice).

Along with her husband, Ken, she is a member of the Williamson County Republican Party (WCRP), WCRP Chairman’s Circle and the TN Sate Republican Party. They are both active members of Parish Presbyterian PCA.

Bev and her husband Ken have resided in Franklin since 2003 and are the parents of three sons – Matt, Zach, and Chris and have two daughter-in-laws, Laura and Courtney; and three grandsons Hayes, Grayson, and Bennett.  Hobbies and interests include being involved in the community, church activities, reading, golf, target shooting, travel and most of all, her family.

Public Profiles: Williamson Herald | Tennessean





Michael Phillips

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I served our nation in the Army through three wars, seven deployments and 20 years. Now I want to serve our community.

Phillips, a retired Army helicopter pilot and owner of Ansbach Artisans Fine Art Gallery on Wilson Pike, said his campaign is motivated by wanting to serve the community and the need for Franklin residents to be more involved and better informed about city decisions.

“I started #KeepFranklinFranklin as a platform to reach out to our community members and encourage them to get involved and find out what’s happening around Franklin and City Hall,” Phillips said of his advocacy efforts. “We’ve already seen a noticeable increase in the number of citizens voicing opinions, attending public hearings and meetings at City Hall and as alderman, I’ll continue my efforts to connect with our residents and encourage their input and involvement.”
Phillips said his activism is spurred by a lifetime of service, including 20 years in the Army, where he served on active duty through three wars and seven deployments in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, et al.
“Service has become a part of who I am; it’s in my DNA,” said Phillips.
After his retirement from the military in 2009, Phillips said he and his family had the opportunity to choose where they wanted to live for the first time, and chose Franklin for its good schools, scenic beauty, quality of life, affordability, and community atmosphere.
Phillips and his wife, Regina, a teacher in Williamson County Schools, have four children in grades seven through 11. They have two Boston Terriers, Lucy and Trixie.
“Regina and I wanted a place to live, work, raise our kids, open a small business, and retire,” he said. “There’s such a warm, comfortable feeling you get being part of this community.”
“The continued success of Franklin will be a team effort reliant upon our elected officials, community volunteers, private citizens, and business owners,” Phillips said. “As Ward 1 Alderman, I’ll not only represent the people of Ward 1, but will serve every resident of our great city; the decisions made by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen affect everyone that visits, lives and/or works in Franklin.”
Public Profiles: Williamson Herald | Tennessean




J. Edward Campbell

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With my wife Brenda, I love Franklin, its community, its history and its people. I want to help thoughtfully guide us into the future.

I enjoy my life in Franklin as a resident of more than 40 years, perhaps just long enough to have developed a deep pride in the city’s transformation, recognizing its history by the restoration and historic preservation of many historic properties that tell the story of Franklin. I have enjoyed involvement on many different levels in the community and watched our little town grow into a beautiful, sought-after hometown, making this the best place to live and visit. There is so much good in Franklin!

Franklin is a wonderful place to live, and we now have some big city issues facing us that need to be studied very carefully, but quickly. The most important issues are easily recognized… rapid growth, traffic issues, and a balanced real estate market for everyone. I’ve been involved in committees and boards, and have attentively visited BOMA meetings to stay informed of the issues. This has transformed my thinking and I’m convinced that wise and progressive decisions now, can benefit all of Franklin.

My goals include being a positive and exemplary influence, encouraging citizens to vote and become actively involved in the community, planning for the future with a fresh perspective as the city meets the current major issues, while searching for solutions to issues that affect our quality of life.

Public Profiles: Franklin Home Page | Williamson Herald





Dana McLendon




Alderman McLendon was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1967 and raised in Tennessee and North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1989 and from Vanderbilt Law School in 1993. He practices law in Franklin. Alderman McLendon was elected in 1997 and re-elected in 2001. Alderman McLendon serves as Chairman of the Capital Investment Projects Committee and is the City’s designee to the County Wastewater Authority. McLendon lives in Fieldstone Farms with his wife Amy and sons, Cal and Ben.


Public Profiles: Williamson Herald




Mike Vaughn

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Mike and his family have lived in middle Tennessee since 1987 and in Franklin since 2003. He and his wife Joan, have been married 34 years, have two grown children and one grandson. He is a graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin and attended graduate school at the University of Memphis. He is a member of the Friends of Franklin Parks, Harpeth River Conservancy, Heritage Foundation, YMCA Board of Directors, Franklin Noon Rotary Club, and former HOA president of Chestnut Bend.

Public Profiles: Tennessean






Mike Skinner




Michael Skinner is the father of two grown sons, Chris and Justin, and a young daughter, Isabel; and proud grandfather to Molly Lee and Owen Christopher.

After 27 years of public service with the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department he retired and moved to Franklin with his family.

In 1976, Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Memphis State University. While at the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, he worked in a variety of leadership roles: Food Sanitation Supervisor, Senior Environmentalist, Neighborhood Clinic Supervisor and Manager of Environmental Sanitation. He was certified as a Registered Professional Environmentalist with the state of Tennessee, served on the Advisory Board of the Memphis Food Bank and the State of Tennessee Food Safety Committee and was a member of the Unified Personnel Committee for Shelby County Government and the National Environmental Health Association.

Prior to being selected 3rd Ward Alderman in January 2008, Michael was a neighborhood activist and a proud graduate of the City of Franklin Citizen’s Government Academy in the Fall 2007 class.

Public Profiles: Franklin Home Page



Scott Speedy


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Scott moved to Franklin in 1981 because his parents were looking for strong school systems and quality of life.  He bought his first house in Cameron Farms in Thompsons Station in 2000 as a newlywed with no kids., then moved to Forrest Crossing seven years later with three kids.

As a wealth management advisor for Northwestern Mutual, Scott is a small business owner and has built a successful financial planning practice over the last 18 years. His clients have placed their trust in him to help them achieve financial independence and financial security.  He believes voters want someone they can trust to use common sense and good judgment in helping keep Franklin one of the best places to live in the US. “Franklin is my hometown and I am running for my family and all the families that love Franklin,” he says. I have three kids in the public school system and parents who are retired in Franklin. I have the skill set and the perspective to make decisions that will honor Historic Franklin and embrace its continuing growth.  Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont College; Men’s Basketball at Belmont. Master of Science in Management from Purdue University. Certified Financial Planner since 2002.

He has been married to Kathy for 18 years. They have three kids in the public school system (Carter, 15, Anna, 13, and Julia, 10) and parents who are retired in Franklin. He believes he possesses the skill set and the perspective to make decisions that will honor Historic Franklin and embrace its continuing growth.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont College and played Men’s Basketball at Belmont. He has a Master of Science in Management from Purdue University and has been a Certified Financial Planner since 2002.

He is active in his community through various organizations: Leadership Franklin Class of 2008-2009, Heritage Foundation, Battle of Franklin Trust, Save the Franklin Battlefield, Centennial Cougar Athletic Club, Freedom Middle School Athletics, Moore Elementary School, and a Youth Sports Coach for 35+ teams/seasons (almost retired).

Public Profiles: Franklin Home Page | Williamson Herald






Margaret Martin




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A Franklin native, Margaret Martin has devoted a lifetime to the community she loves – serving her town as an elementary-school teacher, church leader, alderman, planning commissioner and tireless volunteer.

Margaret taught at Johnson Elementary School for 31 years while rearing two children. She was a member of the Franklin Planning Commission for eight years, including two as the Chairman, and was elected to serve two terms as the 4th Ward Alderman.

Margaret is married to Bob Martin, who was the City’s Planning Director for 28 years and oversaw Franklin’s growth and development into a nationally celebrated community. Margaret and Bob have five grandchildren. Her leadership has also been evident in her service as a board member of the Franklin Special School District, the First United Methodist Church and the Downtown Neighborhood Association, as well as through her volunteer work with numerous community organizations.

Public Profiles: Williamson Herald | Franklin Home Page




Elizabeth Downing Wanczak


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Raised in Houston, Texas, Elizabeth was drawn to Tennessee, first as a singer/songwriter and then to attend Sewanee: The University of the South, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s in political science. She moved to Franklin in 2009 and fell in love with the city’s charm, history, picturesque landscape, and warm, friendly people. A published songwriter, paralegal, and entrepreneur, she owned and operated Write Off the Row, a songwriting studio in Nashville, until April of this year.

Elizabeth serves on the administrative council of Franklin’s Christ United Methodist Church and the Chapter Advisory Board of the Sewanee chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority. A lifelong political nerd, she has always had an interest in local issues and policy. Recently with the death of a dear friend, she realized it was time to become even more involved and run to serve the people of Franklin’s Ward 4 as Alderman.

Elizabeth and her husband Nick, an Iraq War veteran, have one daughter and two rescue beagles.

Public Profiles: Tennessean | Franklin Home Page



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