A Little About Frankie
Franklin "Frankie" Dakin was raised in Millington, TN. He is a graduate of Millington Central High School, where he was Student Government President, Beta Club President, captain of the football team, and drove a sweet 77' Chevy Impala.
Currently, Frankie is continuing his education in Political Science and Economics at Rhodes College in nearby Memphis, TN. During his freshman year at Rhodes, he was awarded the prestigious Bonner Scholarship. Bonner Scholars are tasked with completing numerous hours of community service and creating a service project of their own. Frankie chose BRIDGES, a service organization that strives to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice. He helped develop a program now known as BridgeBuilders Change. In 2011, he earned Bridges Facilitator of the Year His for this work. These accomplishments led him earn the title Rhodes College Sophomore Man of the Year in 2012.
In May of 2012, Frankie stepped down from his role at BRIDGES to run for Alderman in his hometown of Millington. After much deliberation with his campaign staff, he chose to run against the longest serving incumbent on the board. "No one expected us to win, so we might as well take on the opponent that no one expects to lose," said Frankie. Over the course of the campaign, they knocked on every door in Millington. After a summer of hard work and support from his campaign team, Frankie was elected Alderman with 19% margin over his opponent.
Since taking office, Frankie has strived to be the elected official that he was elected to be. He does not try to ignore his youth, he embraces it. For his work thus far, Frankie became a Gerald A. Vanderhaar Peace Laureate in March of 2013. An honor given annually to one Mid-South college student who demonstrates a commitment to peace and non-violent social change. In addition, in April of 2013, he was named the 2013 Harry S. Truman Fellow for the state of Tennessee. During the Fall of 2013 Frankie traveled from coast to coast, California to Washington D.C., with The Can Kicks Back on the Generational Equity Tour. Since finishing the tour, Frankie has began his senior year at Rhodes College and will graduate with a degree in Political Science and Economics in December of 2014.
Frankie has been humbled by the opportunity to serve his community, and grow as an individual in the process.
FRANKIE ON THE ISSUES:
"I am excited about the opportunity to offer a fresh perspective and spirit of innovation to the board of aldermen."
IT'S YOUR MONEY.
"I'm committed to smart, transparent and conservative spending."
"I am committed to creating a more business-friendy environment to bring jobs, recreation and family-oriented activities to Millington."
"I am ready to serve Millington's citizens everyday."
"I will make it my responsibility to provide you with timely and detailed information about city services and how the city spends your tax dollars."
PREPARE & PLAN TO PREVENT FLOODING.
"The city should be responsible for preventing and planning for this burden on citizens."