January 18, 2021

Four vying for vacated city council seat

(Franklin, GA) — Four candidates have qualified for the Post 1 Franklin City Council seat vacated by Shane Manders who resigned in August after moving out of the city.

Election Day will be on Tuesday, November 8 at the new Franklin City Hall. According to City Clerk Myra Braswell, early voting will begin on Monday, October 17 and run through Friday, November 4.

Early voting will also take place at the City Hall location during regular business hours. City Hall will be open for voting on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. On Wednesday, voting will be available from 8:00 AM until noon.

Applications are now available for absentee voting.

The four candidates running for the council seat are Fairburn police detective Charles Israel, retired respiratory therapist Robert “Bob” Krach, retired housewife Linda Phillips, and Bank of the Ozarks branch manager Cindy Putzek.

Associate Heard County school superintendent Rodney Kay also qualified for the open seat, but later withdrew from the election.

“While it would be a privilege to serve our city, I am confident there are qualified candidates who will do the job,” said Kay this week. “I will be focusing on my role with our children and the Board of Education.”

There will be no runoff in the winner take all special election, and the winning candidate will serve in the seat for the 2017 calendar year. All council seats and the Mayor position will be up for re-election in November of 2017 with the winners taking office in 2018.

(Photos of each candidate below courtesy of The News and Banner)

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