Thursday, October 29, 2015

Franklin Candidate for Town Council - Matt Kelly

Our schedules did not align to meet in person so Matt Kelly and I conducted our discussion about his campaign for Town Council via email. The results are shared here.

FM - What is your Franklin story?

Kelly - I relocated to Franklin in 1993 with my parents and brother where I attended Franklin High School and married my high school sweetheart Lesley Douglas. My wife Lesley and I never thought twice about where to raise our family. Lesley is a 3rd generation Franklin resident and I am a Franklin business owner so living here in town was the obvious choice. 
Today I live on Crescent Street near the Franklin Common with my wife and 2 daughters, Madison and Abigail. As a member of the Franklin Town Council and a Franklin Rotarian I feel privileged to live in and give back to the community that offers so much to its citizens.

FM - What do you see as a challenge for the position of Town Council?

Kelly - I feel like the issues for the incoming Town Council is to insure that we as a council continue to balance the budget and the upcoming growth of Franklin. As the economy improves, we will see tremendous growth and demand for new homes and businesses in Franklin. 
While we need to balance the demand for new homes and industry that want to come into Franklin, at the same time we need to maximize the amount of revenue while preserving the unique small town feel that Franklin offers.

FM - What do you bring to the position that would set you apart from the other candidates?

Kelly - The most important thing I bring to the position is experience. I have been on the council for three terms so far and have become very familiar with the town processes. I also bring extensive local knowledge and am willing to ask questions. 
My work ethic sets me apart from a lot of the other candidates and even though it is a volunteer position I take it extremely seriously and I always open my doors to any resident. You can come in to my office, call, or email me anytime. I am also a frequent contributor to the social media sites.

If you have any follow up questions for Matt, you can contact him via email at

Noteworthy: This information is intended to help the Franklin voters when we all head to the ballot box on November 3rd. The interview candidates have had an opportunity to review the text before publishing to ensure the accuracy of our discussion.

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