The time has come for voters in Nashville/Davidson county to elect a new mayor and nine Metro Council representatives in nine contested districts and for five at-large seats. The runoff election comes in the wake of a hotly contested general election which ended August 6, 2015. 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, with polls open that day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Seven candidates were vying for the position of Mayor of Nashville/ Davidson county in the general election, and the two top vote getters 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 EskindRebrovik (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), so there will be no runoff for that office.
Forty seats were up for grabs on the Metro Council, with thirty-five district seats and five at-large seats in play. 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.
Runoffs will determine the winners in the following districts: Loniel Greene and Nick Leonardo (District 1); DeCosta Hastings and R. Bobby Stockard (District 2); Terry Clayton and Brenda Haywood (District3); Scott Davis and Sarah Martin (District5); C Swann and Nancy VanReese (District8); M Cole and H Huezo (District13); Paula Foster and Colby Sledge (District17); M Frank and Mary Carolyn Roberts (District20); M Johnson and J Roberts (District 23).
Nine of the district seats were uncontested in the general election and were elected without opposition. Among seats with clear winners, Robert Swope (District 4) Anthony Davis (District 7), Bill Pridemore (District 9), Douglas Pardue (District 10), Larry Hagar (District 11), Steve Glover (District 12), Kevin Rhoten (District 14), Jeff Syracuse (District 15), Mike Freeman (District 16), Burkley Allen (District 18), Freddie O’Connell (District 19), Edward Kindall (District 21), Sheri Weiner (District 22), Kathleen Murphy (District 24), Russ Pulley (District 25), Davette Blalock (District 27), Tanaka Vercher (District 28), Karen Y. Johnson (District 29), Jason Potts (District 30), Fabian Bedne (District 31), Jacobia Dowell (District 32), Sam Coleman (District 33), Angie Henderson (District 34), and Dave Rosenberg (District 35) were elected in their district races.
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.
Candidate Listings for Runoff Election
Mayor, Council-At-Large and Metro Council
Election Day, Thursday September 10, 2015
Megan Barry is committed to diversity and equality for all Nashville citizens. During her time on Council, she has been a fierce advocate when it comes to increasing regional, racial and gender representation on city boards and commissions. As a candidate, she has committed to following the blueprint laid out by the Metro Human Relations Commission in order to increase diversity of Metro employees. Barry has also promised to actively recruit highly-qualified women and minorities to serve in the top-levels of her administration.
David A. Fox
Erica Gilmore currently serves as the Council Lady for District 19. Erica teaches at Fisk University and is an adjunct professor at Nashville State Community College. Currently, Council Lady Gilmore is a board member of the Nashville Children’s Theater, and Mount Zion Baptist Church’s Dream Team. She is past President of the Metro Minority Caucus. In addition, she serves on the Planning & Zoning Committee and Convention and Tourism Committee. In 2008, Council Lady Gilmore was elected by the council body to Speaker Pro Tem position, which is the third highest- ranking position in the city.
Lonnell Matthews, Jr.
Lonnell Matthews, Jr. and his family are members of Temple Baptist Church. Cultivating a family-friendly environment in Nashville continues to be a top priority for Councilman Matthews.
Lonnell earned an Honors Diploma from Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering in 1997. Afterwards, Matthews attended Tennessee State University where he studied Accounting/ Business Law.
As a member of Nashville’s Metro Council, Lonnell Matthews, Jr. has co-sponsored the city’s procurement, living wage, and non-discrimination ordinance, been a vocal opponent of the English-Only referendum, and was instrumental in the creation of Nashville’s Workforce Development Program. Matthews currently serves as the President Pro Tem of the Metro Council.
Sharon W. Hurt
Loniel Greene, Jr.
DeCosta Hastings asks voters to vote for him during early voting starting this Friday. The Nashville native, schooled in MNPS, graduated from ABC, and served on the boards for the Bethlehem Centers of Nashville and the Elam Center at Meharry. A local business owner, concerned neighborhood homeowner, assistant pastor and husband, he knows how the council operates and will be effective immediately. He plans to use his many relationships to advocate for District 2, North Nashville, and the city.
Robert “Bobby” Stockard
Terry Clayton is a public servant, former prosecutor and community leader committed to sustaining and improving neighborhoods. He will work diligently to ensure best practices are observed when spending taxpayers’ dollars. Terry will fight to prevent privatization of Metro government services and support fair wages for Metro employees and lifetime benefits for Metro retirees. A strong supporter of public education and academic excellence, this Tennessee State University Foundation Board Member has worked to raise money to keep students in college.
Brenda H. Haywood
Scott Davis is a local business owner, husband, and father. He has worked to create over 1,000 new jobs in our community and helped create and preserve over 150 units of affordable housing. As your Councilman, he has worked hard to cultivate lasting relationships within our community. Scott stays connected with grassroots organizations to remain in-touch and responsive to the needs of our community. He shares District 5’s fundamental values of quality education, affordable housing, and stronger community.
Colby Sledge is a strong, experienced leader who will work for all of our residents from Day One. We need an energetic Council-member who stands up for us, gives a voice to the voiceless, and tackles challenges head-on.
As your Councilmember, Colby will increase affordable housing, fight for local jobs and training, and work hand-in-hand with our neighbors to secure justice.
You can call Colby right now on his cell phone at (615) 442-3727. Vote Colby Sledge for District 17!
Paula D. Foster
Mary Carolyn Roberts