Nashville voters took to the polls on Thursday, August 6, 2015 to complete the process begun through early voting from Friday, July 17 through Saturday, August 1. Early voters had comprised 18.52 % of the 291,194 active electorate as of July 14, 2015. 14.54% of active and inactive voters (79,741 Davidson county resident persons are registered but inactive).
Seven candidates were vying for the position of Mayor of Nashville / Davidson county, and predictions early on indicated that there would be a runoff to determine the position. As predicted there would be two top vote getters, and they were Megan Barry (24,449 votes; 24%) and David Fox (23,711 votes; 23%), who will meet in the runoff. Runners-up were Bill Freeman (22,179 votes), Howard Gentry (12,027), Charles Robert Bone (10,920), Linda Eskind Rebrovik (5,808) and Jeremy Kane (4,749).
David Briley won election as Vice-Mayor with 53% (47,236) of the vote over challenger Tim Garrett with 47% (41,894).
Early voting for the runoff begins on Friday, August 21 at 8:00 a.m. and runs through Saturday, September 5 at 4:00 p.m. Election Day for the runoff is Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Forty seats were up for grabs on the Metro Council, with thirty-five district seats and five at-large seats in play. Nine of the district seats were uncontested and were elected without opposition. Among seats with clear winners, Robert Swope (4) Anthony Davis (7), Bill Pridemore (9), Douglas Pardue (10), Larry Hagar (11), Steve Glover (12), Kevin Rhoten (14), Jeff Syracuse (15), Mike Freeman (16), Burkley Allen (18), Freddie O’Connell (19), Edward Kindall (21), Sheri Weiner (22), Kathleen Murphy (24), Russ Pulley (25), Davette Blalock (27), Tanaka Vercher (28), Karen Y. Johnson (29), Jason Potts (30), Fabian Bedne (31), Jacobia Dowell (32), Sam Coleman (33), Angie Henderson (34), and Dave Rosenberg (35) were elected in their district races.
Runoffs will determine the winners in these districts: Loniel Greene and Nick Leonardo (1); DeCosta Hastings and R. Bobby Stockard (2); Terry Clayton and Brenda Haywood (3); Scott Davis and Sarah Martin (5); C Swann and Nancy VanReese (8); M Cole and H Huezo (13); Paula Foster and Colby Sledge (17); M Frank and Mary Carolyn Roberts (20); M Johnson and J Roberts (23).
Among the At-large seats there were a total of 25 candidates for five positions. According to the Metro Charter specifications for runoffs, none were elected, and ten will face off for election to the contested seats in the runoff.
19th district Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore joins John Cooper, first-time candidate and brother of U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, atop the field, along with Bob Mendes, Jim Shulman, Sharon Hurt, Councilman Robert Duvall, Councilman Lonnell Matthews, Councilwoman Karen Bennett, Councilman Jason Holleman and Erin Coleman. Gilmore, Duvall, Matthews, Bennett and Holleman were term-limited and could not run again for their district seat. All five sitting At-large council members are term-limited, including Councilwoman Megan Barry, who earned her way into the September runoff in the mayoral election.
The results of the election will be certified and become official on August 14 during a meeting of the Davidson County Election.
In Metro Council District 5, incumbent Scott Davis and challenger Sarah Martin are heading to a runoff. Scott Davis earned 40 percent of the vote, while Martin garnered 35 percent and Pam Murray garnered 24 percent. The district includes Cleveland Park and other neighborhoods east of Gallatin Pike in East Nashville, an area is facing a balancing act between new development and maintaining the neighborhoods’ historic character. Davis is widely recognized for his community service and constituent accessibility.
Also on the ballot were three amendments. While voters passed Amendment 3 on Thursday night, they sent a clear message that the makeup of the Metro Council should remain the same. They voted down two amendments by wide margins that would have extended term limits and shrunk the size of the council.
Amendment 1 would have extended term limits from two to three for vice mayor and both at-large and district council members. With all precincts reporting, 36 percent supported the amendment and 64 percent opposed it.
Amendment 2 also would have extended term limits to three as well as shrinking the size of the council from 40 members to 27. With all precincts reporting, 38 percent supported the amendment and 62 percent opposed it.