Gabrielle Hanson

John E. Haynes

Bhavani Kumar Muvvala

Alan Simms

General election takes place on October 26, 2021

Recommendation: Recommend Gabrielle Hanson who attends Grace Church, homeschools her daughter, wants to lessen the tax burden on property owners, and serves as a political coordinator to Republican State Senator Jack Johnson.   

Gabrielle Hanson: Recommend           

            Overall Rating: 80.2%

Big Government/Small Government Rating: Big 18%; Small 82%              

            Christian World View Rating: Christian 79%; Secular 21%                

Background 

Married with one daughter

Lives in Franklin in the Westhaven area

Is the principal broker and owner of Williamson Real Estate and was recently named Best Realtor in Middle Tennessee by The Tennessean. She also was instrumental in initiating Tenn. Code Ann. §62-13-312(b)(11) that passed in spring of 2021, allowing Tennessee real estate licensee’s to be paid as an LLC.

Is the former chair of RPAC at the Williamson County Association of Realtors and served on the National Association of Realtors RPAC participation committee 

Big Government/Small Government

Budget, Spending, and Taxes          Possible Score 30       Total Score 4

Will focus on continued, dynamic economic growth that provides a diversified revenue stream for Franklin and a lessened tax burden on property owners. (4)   

Business and Consumers                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 5 

Will focus on continued, dynamic economic growth that provides a diversified revenue stream for Franklin and a lessened tax burden on property owners. “Our city leaders have done a fabulous job attracting global corporate business as an economic driver,” she said. “Continuing to focus on business growth, attracting world class dining, shopping and event venues, will build our financial resources so that Franklin remains fiscally strong.” (5)  

Conservative                                      Possible Score 30       Total Score 2

Currently serves as the political coordinator to Sen. Jack Johnson (R) with the Tennessee Realtors (2)

Other                                                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 7

Hanson believes maintaining a good balance between rural and suburban will help Franklin continue to be a thriving, modern community with rural heritage as the city continues to grow. “Through my volunteer work with The Land Trust For Tennessee, I have had the opportunity to visit breathtaking rural properties that are being preserved for future generations to appreciate,” she said. “I love being able to drive a few short minutes outside of town and be surrounded by rolling hills, lush valleys peppered with grazing cattle and horses. (5)

“I never take for granted that living in Franklin is a privilege. The level of public safety we enjoy is unprecedented. We are able to send our children to some of the best public schools in the nation, stroll the historically preserved streets, shopping, dining and be entertained by some of the nations’ finest performers. I am running for alderman at-large to ensure that this lifestyle is maintained and that Franklin can be treasured by everyone for generations to come.” (5) 

Volunteers with the Land Trust for Tennessee, a conservation group – Mission – To conserve the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations (10)   

Christian World View

Abortion                                             Possible Score 40       Total Score 30         

Family Values                                    Possible Score 30       Total Score 26

Homeschools her daughter (24)

Attends Grace Church in Franklin – “Grace Church at Franklin is an independent, autonomous body of believers which strives to clearly declare the whole counsel of God, as revealed in Scripture, through the person and work of Jesus Christ the Lord. The end for which we strive is the glory of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our faith is not a form of RELATIVISM – “true only for us.” Truth is independent of majority decisions or cultural perspectives. Our faith is not SUBJECTIVE – “true only because we feel it.” Feelings come and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving. Truth is needed to ground feelings. Our faith is not a form of PRAGMATISM – “true because it works.” Rather, it works because it is true. That we have objective truth means truth is true even if nobody believes it; and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. Take a moment to browse through our site, you may find a few nuggets of truth…..”In an era that prizes tolerance, affirms diversity, and bends over backwards not to appear judgmental, serious claims to truth sound much like an obscenity – often prompting embarrassed looks, rising blood pressures, and even open hostility. Clearly a claim to truth marks one off as culturally gauche, politically most incorrect, or on the side of the fanatics and bomb throwers. The Christian faith, however, unashamedly claims to be objectively true – not relatively, not subjectively, not pragmatically, but objectively true.” – Os Guinness (28)

 Marriage                                           Possible Score 30       Total Score 23     

John E. Haynes: Do Not Recommend          

            Overall Rating: 35.0%

Big Government/Small Government Rating: Big 77%; Small 23%            

            Christian World View Rating: Christian 43%; Secular 57%                         

Background 

66 years old

Lives in Franklin – was born and raised in Franklin

Is the pastor at Burns Tabernacle Primitive Baptist Church 

Formerly served as the executive director of United Community Resource Foundation, a nonprofit he founded that helps vulnerable residents.

Was previously on the board of the Community Housing Partnership and will soon be on the fundraising committee for the African American Heritage Society to raise funds for the historic Merrill-Williams house the society plans to purchase. 

Budget, Spending, and Taxes          Possible Score 30       Total Score 24  

Business and Consumers                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 12 

Was previously on the board of the Community Housing Partnership and will soon be on the fundraising committee for the African American Heritage Society to raise funds for the historic Merrill-Williams house the society plans to purchase. (14) 

After accepting the call to be a pastor in 1995, he also began working with others to create the United Community Resource Foundation. Their goal was to create low-income and moderately priced housing, a mission he is still passionate about.  He worked to help purchase and renovate two homes in the Natchez community and sell them to low-income buyers. (10) 

“I think there’s a separatism between moderately priced housing and low-income housing,” Haynes explained, noting he wants to push for both in the city. “Moderately priced housing still is way above what a lot of African Americans and others can afford.”  He also wants to promote the city’s rich African American history, seen in efforts such as the push to preserve the Merrill-Williams house along Natchez Street. (13)    

Conservative                                      Possible Score 30       Total Score 27 

In 2016, Haynes helped to organize a Meet and Greet for Democratic House candidates Courtenay Rogers, 63rd District, and Holly McCall, 65th District. “I think they [Rogers and McCall] could bring change and leverage to the community,” Haynes said. (27)   

Other                                                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 14 

Formerly served as the executive director of United Community Resource Foundation, a nonprofit he founded that helps vulnerable residents. (10) 

The death of Franklin Alderman Pearl Bransford in November 2020 struck him with a blow, leading him to a time of prayer and reflection. “I asked the Lord what was going to happen,” said Haynes, who is pastor of Burns Tabernacle Primitive Baptist Church. “There’s no African Americans down there to speak for us. People are reluctant to take a stand. What are we going to do now? “(God) said, ‘You. This is your next journey in life.” He hopes to continue Bransford’s legacy, serving as a representative for all, but especially Franklin’s Black community, which has dwindled in recent years to about 6% of the city’s population.  “I believe that God made all of us to be equal, and we need to be more vocal and more active in every aspect of how Franklin grows and how it develops for it to be a better place for our children, for our grandchildren,” Haynes said. “Most of our children, they can’t afford to live here. That’s losing our history, that part of Franklin is dying.” (17) 

Christian World View 

Abortion                                             Possible Score 40       Total Score 10  

Family Values                                    Possible Score 30       Total Score 15 

Is the pastor at Burns Tabernacle Primitive Baptist Church – Has led the church for 22 years (15) 

Marriage                                            Possible Score 30       Total Score 18 

Bhavani Kumar Muvvala: Do Not Recommend           

            Overall Rating: 31.4%

Big Government/Small Government Rating: Big 40%; Small 60%            

            Christian World View Rating: Christian 13%; Secular 87%                         

Background 

54 years old

Married with two children

Lives in Franklin; has lived in Franklin for 11 years; lives in the Jackson Lake neighborhood

Moved to the United States in 2000 from India 

Is running again for the at large seat after losing in 2019. 

Manages Right At Home, which provides at-home health care services to seniors. 

Is the president of Nashville Kannada Koota and is involved with Franklin Rotary at Breakfast Club. 

Received a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and master’s in commerce and economics in his home country. Muvvala is working through the Street Wise MBA course offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Budget, Spending, and Taxes          Possible Score 30       Total Score 4  

Promote alternative revenue system with no increase in taxes (4) 

Business and Consumers                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 9 

Thinks the continuation of large companies moving to the city would prove positive, so that the city’s revenues could increase. With an increase in revenues, Muvvala said he would like to increase city workers’ wages and benefits. “Whether its the firefighters or the sewage department, most of them aren’t being paid up to industry standard,” he said. “Without increasing the taxes, we should be able to take of them with increased revenues.” (7) 

Engage in the Franklin city area’s high levels of economic development and quality of life (6) 

Low-income and affordable housing, and help and make the low income people be good and feel good about the city (15) 

Voice of every Franklin citizen, entrepreneur, small businesses, and corporations (7) 

New vision of Franklin city growth, infrastructure, development, and stability (6) 

Revenue growth and expansion: I would like to suggest an alternative method of revenue generation model and plan infrastructure once the new area is identified for housing and commercial. (6) 

Supports low-income and affordable housing, including the anticipated Hill project near Franklin’s downtown. “We need more of that (affordable housing), otherwise the small industries are going to suffer,” he said. “If we don’t have people in the service industry, if they need to come from other cities, it costs more for transportation and deteriorates their living conditions.” (14)     

Conservative                                      Possible Score 30       Total Score 18 

Other                                                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 9 

Wants to preserve green spaces in Franklin and wanted to see the addition of more walking trails throughout the city. (6) 

Wants to work and support underprivileged populations in the city, who have low incomes. He said he’s seen the need from the homeless shelter in Franklin, which was already full after four nights.  “There are those that make millions, and those who make $15,000 to $20,000 a year,” he said. “These people really need help, and I want to see what we can do.” (14)

My dream, big picture, and vision are to strive and work with persons of all ages, genders, races, sexual orientations, economic situations, and abilities.  I believe that life is always better working together with the community, city, and elected officials; my primary objective in running is to serve as a touchstone for diversity within the community, “We are getting more immigrants and people of color, and I want to represent the diversity of all the citizens including the minorities, ” “I want to be the voice for those citizens.” (9) 

Support more bike lanes so kids and parents can commute to work and school by cycling (6) 

Work for more sidewalks in the community and improve road signage and traffic lights to move traffic more efficiently on roads, safety (6) 

Preserve Franklin’s beauty, water resources, culture, diversity, and promote local businesses (8)

Work with county and state officials to get grants for better infrastructure and transportation (6) 

Create more opportunities for high school kids with after school skills training classes and fun (13) 

Traffic and Infrastructure: I would like to plan and construct new roads in addition to widening of the busy intersections and traffic street (6) 

Over-crowded schools and standard of schools: Based on the plan and estimation of new developmental areas, add additional classrooms to the existing schools or build new schools. I would like to increase the standard of the Franklin Special School District, on par with the best school curriculum, simultaneously providing additional requisite training to the existing staff. (9) 

Muvvala said his primary objective in running is to serve as a touchstone for diversity within the community.  “We are getting more immigrants and people of color, and I want to represent the diversity of all the minorities,” he said. “I want to be the voice for those citizens.”  If elected, Muvvala would be the only person of color on the board, a distinction previously held by Bransford. (18) 

Wants to maintain the area’s high levels of economic development and quality of life. With issues like growth and traffic, he is interested in novel solutions, such as creating more bike lanes so people can commute to school and work by cycling. Other infrastructure needs, he said, include adding sidewalks to some of the older communities and improving road signage and traffic lights to move cars more efficiently on roads. (6)

Preserving what makes Franklin unique is also one of his main goals.  “Preservation of Franklin’s beauty, culture and heritage,” he said. “Even though we are going to have a diverse group of citizens, we need to preserve local culture.” (8)        

Christian World View 

Abortion                                             Possible Score 40       Total Score 4   

Family Values                                    Possible Score 30       Total Score 6  

Christ United Methodist Church Franklin member; serves as an usher at the church – “Christ United Methodist Church welcomes and values everyone, no exceptions. We strive to show the hospitality of Jesus Christ to persons of all ages, genders, races, sexual orientations, economic situations, and abilities. Believing that life is better together, we invite you to share your God-given gifts in this community of faith to spread God’s love in our world.” (6) 

Marriage                                            Possible Score 30       Total Score 3 

Alan Simms: Strongly Do Not Recommend           

            Overall Rating: 28.6%

Big Government/Small Government Rating: Big 33%; Small 67%            

            Christian World View Rating: Christian 3%; Secular 97%                         

Background 

He and his partner, Roger Walters, a Chevron consultant, live in a house they renovated on Lewisburg Avenue with their two English labradors, Rox and Rose.

Has lived in Franklin for seven years 

Is running in his first election for the position

Works as an IT project manager for QuikQ, a Franklin-based fuel payment solutions provider. 

Bachelor’s Degree, Business Administration, University of Memphis 

Budget, Spending, and Taxes          Possible Score 30       Total Score 5  

Conservative and Responsible Fiscal Policy – Franklin currently enjoys a triple A bond rating – that is spectacular – and we want to maintain that so future Franklinites can continue to enjoy this financial security as we grow as a city.  We need to continue to make thoughtful, prudent economic choices. (5) 

Continuing the conservative fiscal approach currently in place (4) 

Business and Consumers                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 5  

Managing growth is an area where I feel the current leadership has done well but, again, as we continue to grow, we’re going to have to be even more creative in our planning and more diligent at enforcing our plans in order to maintain the special characteristic of Franklin.  This means growing smartly and improving collaboration between our developers, our neighborhoods, our city and our county planners. Envision Franklin is a great start.  It is important to coordinate this plan with the city streets, county and state road plans, as well as county school plans and emergency services (police and fire) plans. I’d like to see integrated timelines that combine all relevant information so that citizens understand the broader impact – e.g., when/where a new school is planned to open (along with capacity), when a new or improved road is targeted to be in place; when water and sewer is targeted to be available, etc.   Marrying these details with the Envision Franklin plans would give broader visibility to growth and existing infrastructure impacts on the community and provide better data for decision making. Obviously, growth management must include infrastructure and most assume that we are talking about planning for the future.  We also have to remember that we need to plan for maintaining and potentially enhancing the existing infrastructure; not just roads/traffic but the water, electrical and sewer systems in the older parts of town will need attention as well. (5)

Approaching the city’s growth in collaboration with developers and the county (5)    

Conservative                                      Possible Score 30       Total Score 17  

Other                                                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 6  

As an At-Large Alderman, I will be representing the entire city and the opportunity to do so thrills me.  I am a big-picture kind of guy who wants to work to ensure all of Franklin is heard.  Franklinites are very involved and concerned and care about what is occurring throughout the city – not just in their neighborhood.  It is impressive how citizens clamor to come together to express themselves on city issues.  Such active involvement is part of what makes Franklin the great city it is and makes me want to represent you so that our city continues to be as charming and welcoming as it is. (8) 

Preservation is a key aspect of our growth management.  The historic preservation movement that was started over 40 years ago has directly led to the Franklin experience that we all enjoy today.  As your Alderman, I will strive to continue these preservation efforts so that future generations may also have the opportunity to enjoy a Franklin that reflects the heritage of all who came before them. (5) 

Support for the people who protect and serve the citizens of Franklin; this includes everyone who makes Franklin such a safe and giving community – from our police, fire and emergency services folks and our country’s military to the Franklin city leadership, city services, non-profit organizations, and teachers in every form. (5) 

Supporting local law enforcement, as well as city staff, nonprofit organizations and teachers. “I do really believe in support for the people who support and serve us,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who make Franklin special beyond the departments that the city has control over.” (6) 

Christian World View

Abortion                                             Possible Score 40       Total Score 2  

Family Values                                    Possible Score 30       Total Score 1  

Marriage                                            Possible Score 30       Total Score 0

He and his partner, Roger Walters, a Chevron consultant, live in a house they renovated on Lewisburg Avenue with their two English labradors, Rox and Rose. Alan’s partner of 23 years, Roger Walters, works for Chevron in Houston during the week and commutes back home to Franklin each weekend. Alan & Roger purchased their home on Lewisburg Avenue (formerly Tandy Rice’s house) in 2011 and completed their remodel and moved in in 2016. Alan & Roger have two rescued yellow English Labradors: Roxanne and Rosanne (Rox & Rose!) (0)