FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) – In perhaps the strangest race this quaint Middle Tennessee community has ever experienced, Franklin voters roundly rejected a mayoral candidate who openly embraced white supremacists and Christian nationalism.
Incumbent Mayor Ken Moore easily defeated Gabrielle Hanson, a local real estate developer and first-term city council member who faced one controversy after another. white supremacists He showed up at a candidate forum in a show of support. for Hanson, who refused to distance himself from the men despite widespread condemnation from his fellow councillors.
Final election results: Moore received 12,822 votes (79.4%), compared to Hanson’s 3,322 votes (20.6%).
The election results also brought a decisive defeat for other MAGA candidates for alderman-at-large who had been supported by the far-right Williamson Families PAC, including Jeff Feldman, Patrick George, and Gary Moore.
“The challenges of this election have made our community stronger,” Moore said as he and his supporters celebrated his victory.
“We all know we live in a great community. We need to keep it great.”
Hanson refused to allow the media to attend the election night event, which reportedly cost $500 per person to attend.
The Franklin councilwoman became the focus of a series of NewsChannel 5 investigations that began when she uploaded social media images to falsely represent support for her campaign, including post a photo of a diverse group of women Who said NewsCanal 5 Investigate that they did not know her and did not support her campaign.
Additionally, he angered families associated with the Nashville Covenant School shooting by broadcasting a false conspiracy theory. While she claimed to have warned a Franklin police officer before having a premonition about an active shooter, NewsCanal 5 Investigate He obtained the officer’s body camera video to prove this never happened.
NewsChannel 5 also revealed that Hanson had been arrested for promoting prostitution in Dallas in the mid-90s. And, despite his opposition to the Franklin’s Pride festival, we discovered a photo showing her husband wearing Speedo at a 2008 Pride parade in Chicago.
As the campaign continued, NewsChannel 5 discovered Apparent links between Hanson campaign and harassment campaign waged by his white supremacist supporters.
Critics also expressed concern aboutLinks between Hanson’s campaign and Christian nationalists. who want to use politics to impose their faith on others.
Additionally, at-large council candidate Jeff Feldman was the focus of other NewsChannel 5 investigations, including his inflated campaign biography and social media posts in which He threatened to use weapons against rebellious children. in his Westhaven neighborhood.
As a result of the NewsChannel 5 revelations, the influential Westhaven conservative group rescinded his endorsement of Hanson and Feldman.
Final election results showed Feldman receiving 4,243 votes, compared to 10,961 for incumbent Ann Petersen.