Are you aware Franklin is getting a new alderperson?

Franklin's initial 2019 budget includes estimated tax rate decrease

Lost in all the attention the Franklin School Board’s potential flip-flopping on masks is getting is an important vote by the Common Council Wednesday night (same night as school board meeting).

The Council has already accepted letters of interest from persons seeking appointment, and that’s a key word, appointment, to the position of Alderperson, First District. Pursuant to Wis. State law says the Council may fill the vacancy in the office of Alderperson, First District, by appointment until a successor may be elected at the April 5, 2022, Spring Election.

All applications will be considered by the Common Council on August 25, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Franklin City Hall, 9229 West Loomis Road, Franklin.  Applicants will be given an opportunity to make a presentation to the Council at that time.

This decision boils down to …

1) Who knows the most about what’s happening in the city.

2) Who has vision and is forward-thinking.

3) The appointee will be required to take a year to get caught up on what’s going on and to fully grasp the direction the city should pursue. 4) The appointee must be able to discern who to listen to and work with.

The best of the five candidates might be Ed Holpfer. Here’s his letter of intent.

Tuesday August 10, 2021

Honorable Members of the Franklin Common Council, I am writing to inform you of my interest in filling the unexpired term of first district alderman Mark Dandrea. This December marks my fortieth year as a Franklin resident in the first aldermanic district. During those forty years I have been actively involved and engaged with the community as it has grown to what we know today.

I have had the distinct pleasure of serving on a variety of boards, commissions, and Ad-hoc committees under five different mayors. Each mayor, and council, had their own priorities, plans, and style of governing. During each administration I was successful in developing a level of trust, confidence, and competency to move various agendas and projects forward. I’ve had the opportunity to work with both likeminded individuals as well as those with differing ideas and opinions. I believe that I have demonstrated the ability to build consensus through mutual trust and respect while working to meet the needs and wants of the greater community.

 I bring diverse career experiences, from multiple industries, ranging from entry level laborer to executive level management and owning and operating several of my own businesses. These experiences allow me to see issues from many different sides, offering a broader perspective to my decision-making process. A large part of my career experience comes from managing three different chambers of commerce, including the formation of the Franklin Chamber, now the South Suburban chamber. I also served as the President of the West Allis chamber, and currently serve as the President CEO of the New Berlin Chamber. These experiences gave me the opportunity to work with three distinct municipalities, in two separate counties. It was a great opportunity to see how other cities and counties are run and to evaluate what works well and what does not.

I believe my experience, acquired skill set, and knowledge of city history would help me effectively serve Franklin’s citizens. I seek to represent my fellow residents in the first district while always acting in the best interest of the community as a whole. I submit a brief history of my past Franklin involvement for your review.

 I thank you for considering me for this opportunity to serve.


 Edward H Holpfer

• Southbrook Church, Franklin
• Chairman Southbrook site acquisition and building committee

Civic Groups

• Franklin Jaycees, past President and Chairman
• Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Charter Member – 1° President, Chairman
• Franklin Educational Foundation — Charter Member. Secured $50,000 donation for computer lab at the middle school Franklin Boards, Commissions, Ad-hoc Committees
• Board of Public Works
• Stormwater Management Taskforce
• Boards and Commissions Review Taskforce
• Facility Needs Study Taskforce – Chairman
• Civic Celebrations Commission – Fundraising Chairman
• Franklin Library Building Committee
• Civic Center Taskforce
• Community Development Authority-Vice Chair
• Tourism Commission

Additional Franklin Experience
As Chairman of the Southbrook Site acquisition committee, I directed the search, acquisition, site plan development, and successful rezoning process of 18 acres of land in Franklin. I have direct experience in the entire process of working with the city in regard to development and rezoning of land.

Franklin Public School District
• Past School Board Member
• School Referendum Taskforce
• School Strategic Planning for Ben Franklin Elementary

Additionally, I have experience on boards and committees in both West Allis and New Berlin and served on the Legislative Committee for the Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aged.


Another good choice would be Clarke Johnson. His letter of intent:

Dear Mayor and Common Council,

Please consider me for the position of Alderperson for the First District.

I have retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Park System. I was the Superintendent of Lake Shore State Park and the Manager of the Hank Arron State Trail.

I have an unyielding commitment to public service and would like to contribute meaningfully to the Franklin community.

As an Executive Director of several major park departments, I have been responsible for the planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating of a variety of projects, policies, procedures, and programs.

My strengths lie in my abilities to develop and maintain partnerships and coordinate collaborative efforts with stakeholders, special interest groups, and organizations, to work towards a common outcome, and manage multiple projects at any given time. These strengths coupled with my years of experience working with public officials, large and diverse staff and the general public has proven to be a significant asset.

I have:

• Advised, implemented, and participated in coalitions, partnerships and stakeholder groups and acted as a liaison to/for various groups/projects
• Developed and maintained positive relationships with key community and government leaders and their staffs, committees, and regulators to effectively channel their goals and objectives.

I look forward to discussing all the possibilities of how my skills and experience in public service and government relations would be the right fit as an Alderperson for the City of Franklin.

Thank you for your consideration.


Clarke Johnson

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