FRANKLIN — Voters in this city will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a mayor and some members of city council, as well as four members of the School Board. Voting hours in all three wards will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ward One voters will cast ballots at Thompson Hall (47 Main Street). Ward Two voters will vote at City Hall (316 Central Street). And Ward 3 voters will gravitate to the Middle School (200 Sanborn Street).
Mayor Ken Merrifield is seeking a fourth term and there are no other names on the ballot for that position. Glenn Morrill, however, is conducting an aggressive, last-minute write-in campaign for votes.
All four city councilors that are up for election this year are running for re-election, but only Paul C. Trudel (Ward Three) has opposition — from Steve Barton. Councilor Arthur "Ted" Starkweather (Ward One), Councilor Tony Giunta (Ward One) and Councilor Douglas A. Boyd are unopposed.
Four seats on the School Board are up for election and while there are, officially, no contested races, at least two write-in campaigns have been mounted.
Incumbents Charles "Chad" Carey (Ward One) and Timothy M. Dow (Ward Three) are unopposed.
Former High School football coach Gregory Husband (Ward One) is alone on the ballot but Gwen Hall is seeking write-in votes for that seat.
Likewise, Angie Carey (Ward Two) is the only name on the ballot but Carol Edmunds is asking for write-in votes.