Normand and Liz Dunlap
To the editor:
In today’s fast-paced world, it sometimes seems that neighbors don’t often get to know one another anymore. Houses are closer together but neighbors often seem farther apart. We are very fortunate that this is not the case on our street in Oakleaf Manor, as we have such wonderful neighbors.
One such neighbor is Lydia Wales. Lydia and her husband, John have been our neighbors for over 14 years. We have had the pleasure of watching their children grow into adulthood right from our front porch.
Lydia has always gone out of her way to help us and all of our neighbors whenever it is needed. This extends beyond our street, as we have seen her so involved in various Franklin activities. Now, she is also running for election for the first time for the position of Franklin trustee. We know she will do a tremendous job if elected.
Before Lydia decided to run, we did not know much about the trustee position as we have never had to utilize the services the office provides. We did not realize how critical a role his office should play in our town. They make sure the unincorporated areas of Franklin have adequate fire and emergency coverage, provide poor relief and provide burial assistance to families in need.
We believe that Lydia is the best person for this job! She truly cares about others, especially children in need and her community. She will run the office in a highly visible and transparent way. She seeks to raise the community awareness of the duties of the office and to serve as a hub for the many faith-based and community-based programs that are available to those in need.
She is also a person who believes that fiscal responsibility is essential in government affairs. She has shared many great ideas on how she will elevate efficiencies in the position and add accountability. One such idea is to mandate and provide essential financial education to those who seek assistance. In today’s economy, may people live paycheck to paycheck and one small change can send a person to poverty. Lydia’s plan to provide this low-cost training to those who need help can also be the tool that lifts them out of the dire circumstances they are experiencing permanently.
On May 6, primary election day, we will be honored to vote for our neighbor and friend Lydia Wales on the Republican ballot for Franklin trustee. We hope that you, too, will vote to elect a fresh face into this position.