Bob Scott, a 10 year veteran of the Franklin Board of Aldermen filed Friday to run for Mayor. Scott is seeking the seat being vacated by long-time mayor Joe Collins.
Among the ideas Scott has for Franklin is a project to develop the town owned 13 acre Whitmire property into “a place for all residents to enjoy and to leave for our children and grand children and great grandchildren.” Among the ideas for the Whitmire property Scott would like to see, is space for a farmer’s market, hiking and mountain biking trails, and a multi use building similar to the one the Flat Rock Playhouse started in or the rustic style auditorium of the Brevard Music Center.
“I welcome the ideas of others for the property. I think we have spent enough taxpayer dollars on outside marketing companies when we have an abundance of local talent to come up with a plan. It is the last remaining large green space within the town limits. We need to put it to community use,” Scott said.
“Many of our business owners have property in Franklin, but because they reside outside the town limits they do not have a vote. I plan to form a business council which will meet on a regular basis so that these property owners have a voice. They may not have a vote, but we will make sure the business community has a voice,” Scott added.
“The town has ongoing issues involving water, sewer, storm water runoff and streets which need to be constantly monitored if the town is to remain viable in a rapidly changing economy,” he said.
Scott has resided in Franklin since 1967. He is a native of South Carolina. He served in the South Carolina National Guard and Army Reserve. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a graduate of Western Carolina University. He has had careers in the newspaper and public safety sectors. He is a graduate of leadership and management programs. He is active in volunteer and civic activities.
Scott is married to Nancy Siler Scott, who served 11 years on the town board before he ran for the board. She worked for beautification and environmental protection projects in the town during her board service. She is a retired teacher and licensed professional counselor. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.