Franklin Gomez Flores, a resident of Siler City, is seeking a seat on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners as the representative of District 5.
CCDP was successful in helping gather the required signatures to place Franklin on the November ballot.
Gomez is a registered Democrat but was unable to file for the primary due to legislation passed last year.
Born in Guatemala, Franklin fled the country’s violence, poverty, and lack of opportunity with his family and came to Siler City in 1999. He was five years old. He attended Chatham County schools and credits the English as a Second Language program with helping him learn English and thrive academically. Franklin excelled at soccer and track and field at Jordan Matthews High School and graduated with honors among the top 10 students in his class. With the support of the Scholars’ Latino Initiative, he entered UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree and a major in biology. While a student at UNC, Franklin served as an intern for the Office of Undergraduate Retention Finish Line Project, an outreach program especially intended to engage and support minority male students. He also mentored Latinx high school students by conducting college prep workshops that included information about navigating the applications process, meeting admissions requirements, securing financial aid, and succeeding academically and socially. He also served as outreach chair for UNC’s Carolina Hispanic Association and interned for a summer with Gilded Realty Group in Mebane.
Currently employed as a heavy equipment operator at Sealing Agents Waterproofing, Franklin has a passion for service to others. He currently serves on the Chatham County Planning Board. As a member of the Board of Commissioners, Franklin will fight for Chatham County on these issues:
- Increasing affordable housing
- Promoting responsible growth by following Chatham’s Land Use Plan
- Advocating for equitable pay for equitable jobs
- Protecting immigrants’ rights
- Supporting quality education for all
- Seeking the diverse perspectives of Chatham’s citizens
- Providing responsible, collaborative leadership
Franklin Gomez has the support of all four Democratic County Commissioners.
"Franklin will be a terrific addition to the Chatham County Board of Commissioners as the first Hispanic to be elected in Chatham. His enthusiasm, background, and concerns for his Siler City neighbors will provide a new voice in our diverse county."
Diana Hales, Commissioner, District 3
"I am pleased to endorse Franklin Gomez for the District 5 seat on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. As a first-generation Hispanic American who was educated here in Chatham and at UNC Chapel Hill, Franklin will bring a welcome perspective that will enhance the work of the board and contribute to the quality of life in his community and beyond."
Karen Howard, Commissioner, District 1