FRANKLIN - The race is on in the 4th District, with Pete Kosovich hoping to unseat incumbent alderman Steve Taylor in the spring election April 4.
With the fourth district covering the southeast portion of Franklin, in the area where the city is projecting a new business park, development may be a key issue in the election, with candidates seeing different opportunities for growth.
Now newspapers asked each candidate about the issue of development and more to see where the candidates stand.
Candidates were limited to 50-word responses. Some responses have been edited for length.
Why are you running?
Taylor: Franklin needs officials with energy and a proven track record to accomplish our goals while keeping the resident’s best interests in mind. I am dedicated and have shown effective leadership by bringing in forward-thinking ideas that are also fiscally responsible.
Kosovich: Franklin needs some new leadership. We have tremendous growth potential, but are missing many opportunities to neighboring communities. There is infighting among council members. We need to restore civility and respect for one another. We must work together to get Franklin moving. It's time for change.
What one issue do you think residents in your district are particularly concerned about, and what would you do about the issue as an alderman?
Taylor: The previous lack of transparency and communication resulted in a number of subdivisions in turmoil and frustrated residents. I will continue the work to restore order and prevent future issues caused by my predecessors. We must not revert to past politics that shed a poor light on our city.
Kosovich: Many Franklin residents know our alderman doesn't treat people with respect. At a recent council meeting, he was addressed as an aldervisor, because he is a Franklin alderman and a county supervisor. He exploded! He didn't show respect for a constituent. We need someone who is committed to Franklin only.
In what parts of the district do you see potential for growth or development? How would you encourage that growth/development?
Taylor: Growth potential is a citywide consideration and varies from the southeast mixed-use/commercial to the barely developed southwest, planned for residential/mixed-use. Development near Rawson/Loomis will create a $100 million recreational/athletic, retail, residential and commercial area currently lacking to keep money in Franklin and connect us as a community.
Kosovich: I see great potential for growth along the 27th Street corridor, especially south of Ryan Road. There have been proposals brought forward, including another business park, senior housing, townhouses, retail development, a wetland area with parking, and a pavilion. I believe these are the types of things Franklin needs and wants.
Address: 2812 W. Hilltop Lane
Political history: Franklin alderman for 7.5 years; county supervisor for 5 years
Phone number: 414-301-9786
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 8170 S. 28th St.
Political history: Franklin alderman for 4.5 years
Phone number: 414-761-7664
Email address: Pekopete@aol.com