Lehman Franklin III was the only candidate to officially qualify for the ballot for House District 160 to replace Representative Jan Tankersley who is retiring this year. He will automatically serve as the District 160 representative when the new term begins in 2023.
“Today, I am proud to announce that I am the only candidate to qualify for the ballot in 160th Georgia State House District. Representing the people of Bryan and Bulloch counties is the honor of a lifetime. It is not a role that I take lightly and promise to serve the community with honor, distinction, and integrity," said Lehman Franklin III. "While I am the only candidate to qualify, I will continue my campaign to earn the support of all residents of the 160th House District. Each day I will fight for the people of our community to have good paying jobs, lower taxes, increase education opportunities and protect our farmers while continuing to facilitate economic growth.”
Lehman Franklin announced his candidacy to represent Georgia’s 160th House district following the announcement of the retirement of current Representative Jan Tankersley at the end of her term.
About Lehman Franklin III
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.
To learn more about Lehman, please visit www.lehmanfranklin.com.