Politics

Candidate Robert Franklin Seeks To Represent 5th Congressional District

Robert Franklin speaks during a "Faith and Politics" course at Emory University in Atlanta in 2016.
Robert Franklin speaks during a "Faith and Politics" course at Emory University in Atlanta in 2016.
Credit Rebecca Breyer / Associated Press file

Former Morehouse President Robert Franklin wants to represent Georgia’s 5th Congressional District in Washington D.C.

He’s one of seven candidates vying to fill the remainder of the late John Lewis‘ unexpired term in Congress.

Franklin is now a professor at Emory University and teaches a course in moral leadership.

He told Lisa Rayam, host of WABE’s “Morning Edition,” just how that factors into him running for office.

“I think two compelling agenda items are before all of us in the 5th District and, to some extent, all of Georgia and the nation,” Franklin said. “No. 1 — honoring John Lewis. No. 2 — providing voice and vote at a critical time in the nation’s history, approaching a significant presidential election.”

Franklin added he would work to represent the needs of the 5th District.”

I’m a 30-year resident of the 5th District. I’ve served as president of two anchor institutions in this community — Morehouse College and ITC — during that time.  I know that John Lewis believed in moral leadership … moral and intellectual leadership … leading with ideas.”

WABE is committed to interviewing all the candidates running for the 5th Congressional District seat in September.

Democratic Party Chair Nikema Williams has been chosen to run for a new, two-year term in November. Williams’ Republican challenger is Angela Stanton-King.

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