Nine Black women are campaigning for state legislative seats this year — far more than Franklin remembers ever running before in a single year. A 10th candidate, who is gender nonbinary and identifies as Black femme, is running as well.
Since Franklin retired from office in 2010, the state Senate hasn’t had a single Black member.
“We lost ground,” said Franklin, now 93, in a phone interview this week.
One of the most closely watched races this year is between state Sen. Steve…