When the votes were counted for Franklin’s election recently Franklin Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm didn’t get her way. exercising bad judgment, she openly supported Basil Ryan, a disgraced, recalled former Franklin alderman for mayor. Ryan got his posterior handed to him in a one-sided defeat to incumbent Mayor Steve Olson.
Tonight the Franklin Common Council voted to elect the Common Council President. Wilhelm immediately nominated Alderman John Nelson who just happens to have also supported Basil Ryan, just like Wilhelm. I don’t know much about Nelson. But I do know that in his tenure on the council, he has been, and I’ll put this diplomatically, rather nondescript.
The current Common Council President, Alderman Mark Dandrea, was nominated by Alderman Mike Barber. Dandrea is a solid council member, and an ally of Mayor Olson’s. Clearly, a Nelson victory backed by Wilhelm would have thrown thumb tacks in Olson’s road to move Franklin forward. Wilhelm has been an Olson obstructionist for many years.
Dandrea won and kept his presidency on a vote of 4-2. Wilhelm lost, and that’s a win for the city.