Conservative Republican H. Lehman Franklin III announced his candidacy for District 160 the Georgia House of Representatives, District 160.

“I am running to ensure that our community has a voice in Atlanta.  As a proud Conservative, we have seen time and time again how liberals attack our values and work to destroy the constitution and as a job creator I have seen first-hand how the Biden administration has pushed prices higher at the pump and destroyed our small businesses.  In the legislature, I will fight back against the liberal high tax agenda.  I will stand strong on supporting life, the Second Amendment, and ensuring that we have legitimate elections with photo ID protections.  I won’t ever back down defending our values.  I will oppose the woke, Marxist, left wing agenda and ensure that Georgia stays red,” said Franklin.

Franklin seeks to continue former representative, Jan Tankersley’s mission in delivering economic development enhancements, creating higher education opportunities, and facilitating infrastructure improvement in our communities. He added: “Jan Tankersley has done an amazing job for our community as our representative, and we need to make sure that we do not deviate from the strength of her leadership.”

Franklin, the son of the late H. Lehman Franklin, Jr. and Emily Keaton Franklin, grew up in Statesboro and graduated from Statesboro High School. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Citadel Military College in 1997, and his master’s degree in business administration at Georgia Southern University. While obtaining his masters, Franklin managed a motel business full-time.

After graduating, Franklin was called to work as a Missionary in Argentina for 4 years. Later, he helped establish Marine Reach Ministries and worked 4 years as the Marine Captain and Ministry Director of a crew of 30 on a 140 ft. sailboat. The ship served as a missionary training school based in the Mediterranean Sea. Franklin said, “I returned home with a lifelong appreciation of service before self.”

Upon returning home, Franklin began work at Franklin Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, and Toyota, and currently serves as the General Manager of Franklin Toyota and Vice President of the Franklin Automotive Group. He resides in Stilson with his wife, Lorie, and their 20 chickens, 3 dogs, 5 horses, 2 goats, and several honeybee hives.  

His years of experience in running an eight-year ministry, multiple small businesses, and continual leadership training has instilled within him an ambition to serve his community.
Franklin concluded: “I believe that I have become well-suited to represent District 160 in the Georgia General Assembly and it would be a great honor if elected to do so.”

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