Deciding on a potential mayor

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

Nashville is in the process of deciding on its next mayor. There are several qualities and requirements that must be taken into account in our selection process. Nothing should be more important than selecting a mayor that will be a ‘win’ for all the citizens of Nashville, not just a selected few. While it is important that the next mayor have some managerial skills and business experience, it is equally important that he or she has a committed concern for making Nashville the greatest city for all its citizens regardless of race, sex, economic status, religion, or sexual orientation.

While candidates may have some pet projects, affordable housing, living wages, equitable education and affordable health care should be the top priorities on any contender’s list. Voters should seriously look at the past stances these mayoral candidates took on major issues affecting Nashville in the past. We cannot have a mayor who has hidden agendas and finds it comfortable to ride the fence. This seems to be the practice of many people holding public office. We need a major who is not just visible in certain areas while campaigning but visible in those areas if they are lucky enough to win. There is nothing worse than a politician who adamantly solicits your vote and literally ignores you when they are comfortably in office.

We need a mayor who understands the common man—a mayor who works every day with a family and is working diligently to make it day by day. We need a mayor who will continue to push for growth but not burden it’s citizens with excessive taxes, especially constantly raising property taxes as the only solution to combat growth. We need a mayor who will solicit business to our city but hold these businesses accountable for helping to give back to our city in paying their fair share of taxes. We need a mayor who will favor the citizens of Davison County over people from other counties working in our city and not paying property taxes to help sustain our city services.

In many cases Nashville has become unaffordable to many indigenous to the city. We need a mayor who is concerned about taking care of home first. Voters need to look at the platform of those mayoral candidates and see who they are in bed with in offering pending benefits. Sometimes big businesses override the interests of the common people, and we need a mayor who is willing to put the best interests of the people first.

Nashville’s African Americans need a mayor who is not afraid to address the issues in the predominantly African American communities, ready to expend necessary funding and offer amenities and opportunities found in other surrounding communities. It should be no surprise that African Americans want what everyone else wants: safe comfortable neighborhoods, decent paying jobs, affordable health care, and quality education for their children. Achieving these means should not be attainable merely through zip codes. We need a mayor whose major concern and goal is to bring about economic equity and social justice for all Nashville. Any mayor who falls short of trying to bring about those objectives is not worth seriously considering.

Nashville, do your homework and let’s pick a mayor who will do us all justice. Your vote is necessary in selecting the best mayor for Nashville. You have an obligation to make a difference to make this a model city.

The contenders for Nashville’s highest office include: Megan Barry, Charles Robert Bone, David Fox, Bill Freedman, Howard Gentry, Jeremy Kane, and Linda Rebrovick. The mayoral election is August 6, 2015.

You have enough time to do your homework and thoroughly research which you feel will take Nashville to the next level. You must vote to exercise your choice, so be there and encourage your family and friends to do so.