When District 5 Councilman Scott Davis asked one of his neighborhood supporters to be sure and go out and vote for him again, he was shocked to hear, “Didn’t you already win?”
With Nashville’s runoff election day looming Thursday, September 10, candidates are struggling to reach their supporters to make sure that they know to go out and vote again.
“It can be a bit confusing. Many people looked at the election results, saw that I received the most votes, and assumed that I won,” said Councilman Davis.
Davis received nearly 40% of the vote for his district, soundly defeating his two rivals, but didn’t receive enough of the vote to prevent a runoff.
In instances where there are more than one contender (except for the Council At-Large race), candidates must receive 50% of the vote plus one to win. This means that if there are 2000 votes, the leading candidate must receive 1001 votes. in order to prevent a runoff.
It gets even more complicated when you consider the Council At-Large race. With 25 people in the race, candidates had to receive more than 10 percent of the vote. This means that to avoid a runoff, with 380,707 votes counted, an At-Large candidate had to receive at least 38,071 votes.
Council Lady Erica Gilmore received the most votes in the At-Large race with 36,675. “I would like to thank everyone who supported me,” said Gilmore who has been out reminding her supporters to vote for her again.
“I really do appreciate your confidence in me,” she tells supporters, ” but I need you to come out and vote again. We need to do it one more time!”
Councilman Lonnell Matthews is also in the Council At-Large runoff race. “It is absolutely critical that everyone, especially African-Americans, come out to vote in this runoff,” he tells supporters. “This election will determine whether we are working toward real sustainable change in all of our communities or if we are fighting with our governmental leadership just to be heard. Change is only inspired by those that will be most affected by change, that is why every vote matters. That is why Lonnell Matthews Matters! I would appreciate your voting Matthews for Council At-Large.”
Runoffs will also determine the winners in 9 other districts including District 2 with community leader DeCosta Hastings, District 3 with former District Attorney and education supporter Terry Clayton, District 5 with incumbent Scott Davis recognized for his community service and accessibility, and District 17 with Colby Sledge who has been a strong community supporter.
The most prominent runoff is of course the Mayoral race. Megan Barry, who received the majority of the votes for mayor is not only working to make sure her supporters vote for her, but also the supporters of her opponents who did not make the runoff.
“If I earned your vote in the August 6th election, I hope to keep it,” states Barry. “If I wasn’t your first choice, I hope to earn your vote on September 10th so that together, we can keep Nashville moving forward.”
Early voting ends Saturday, September 5. 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. For a listing of candidates with descriptions you can go to https://pridepublishinggroup.com/pride/2015/08/21/early-voting-for-the-runoff-election-has-begun.