Tom Frantz filed for mayor this week, pushing the field of candidates to six.

If elected, supporting city staff and improving transportation &

including adding a light rail system &

would be his main focus, he said. He favors greater support for the Ashland Fiber Network to reduce reliance on less-local internet providers and would like to see a more efficient transportation system to Mt. Ashland.

"One of my number one attributes is that I'm a great listener," he said. "I don't come in with my own agenda. I believe the professionals in place can very much do their jobs."

Frantz, a 1980 Ashland High School graduate, worked as a production manager for Columbia Pictures and served in the National Guard in Southern California, he said. He returned to Ashland 20 years ago and has worked as a contractor and taught construction technology at the high school for two years.

The other mayoral candidates include Jenifer Carr, Peter Gross, Steve Hauck, George Kramer and John Stromberg.

The most candidates for a single race in recent history were eight, said City Recorder Barbara Christensen, to replace former City Recorder Nan Franklin who retired in 1994. A total of 16 people &

many more than usual &

have filed to run in the November election, Christensen said.

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