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Franz throws down gauntlet for City Council's North Ward

Spargur Loop Drive resident and land use attorney challenges Matthew van Winkle for Councilman Bob Scales' soon-to-be-vacated seat.

Land use attorney Hilary Franz announced on Monday her bid for the City Council's open North Ward seat.

The Spargur Loop Road resident said her campaign will highlight environmental preservation, local farms, affordable housing and greater public participation in local government.

"I have three small children and I'm very concerned about creating the best future for them," said the mother of three sons, ages two, four and eight. "I want them to live connected to the land where their food grows and where there are trails through the woods."

The 36-year-old hopes to take over for Councilman Bob Scales, who will not seek reelection. Franz's will have to best law clerk Matthew van Winkle, a Miller Road resident also seeking the North Ward seat.

If elected, Franz said she will put her experience in land use law to work.

The Portland, Ore. native earned a law degree from Boston's Northeastern University and has, for nearly a decade, handled various cases involving real estate, zoning, and water resource issues.

She has represented clients before the state Growth Management Hearings Board and has drafted proposed legislation pertaining to the Shorelines Management Act and endangered species regulations.

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