Nashville is anticipating the conclusion to the special elections for mayor and District 1 councilman. Early voting ends on Saturday, with Election Day on Thursday, May 24. In a field of 13 candidates that include a Tenn. State Representative and a Councilwoman At-large, mayoral candidates Dr. Carol Swain and Mayor David Briley are the two front runners, with most expecting neither to get over 50% of the vote, causing a runoff.
Dr. Carol Swain is one of 12 children. She grew up in a shack in Virginia and eventually dropped out of high school. She went on to complete her GED, then ultimately her Ph.D., becoming the epitome of fulfilling the American dream.
Carol is a truth speaker and a constitutional conservative who believes in transparency and fairness. She will work hard to protect everyone’s right to live and work in a safe and affordable environment where government works for you and not against you. Carol will work hard to restore faith and trust in Metro Government and how it spends your tax dollars.
She is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Swain is passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square. She is an author, public speaker, and political commentator.
David Briley is the eighth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected vice mayor on September 10, 2015, and was sworn in as mayor on March 6, 2018.
Mayor Briley is a native Nashvillian who graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1982 and then moved to Washington, D.C., to attend Georgetown University. Following graduation, he traveled to Latin America, where he worked on a volunteer project, taught English and became fluent in Spanish.
From 1999 to 2007, he served as an ‘at-large-member’ of the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County. During that time, he focused on ethics, budget, solid waste and government efficiency issues. He served on the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, the Charter Revision Committee, the Greenways Commission, the Personnel Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Solid Waste and the Water Rate Oversight Committee.
David has also been active in supporting the not-for-profit community in Nashville. Over the past two decades, he has served as a board member for The Housing Fund, Nashville CARES, Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America, Faith Family Medical Clinic, Hands on Nashville, Sister Cities of Nashville, Habitat for Humanity and Beaman Park to Bells Bend Corridor, among others. David has also given free legal assistance in the fight against the English Only proposal, to assist workers whose wages were stolen by unscrupulous bosses, and to help community groups fighting inappropriate development in their neighborhood.
David is married to Jodie Bell, who is also a member of the Bar, practicing criminal defense law.
They have a son, Sam, who is 14. David is the grandson of Beverly Briley, the first mayor of the Metropolitan Gover-nment of Nashville and Davidson County.
District 1 Council Race
For the District 1 Council seat, Nashville local Jonathan Hall is facing off against four other candidates.
Jonathan is a businessman and dedicated father. He sits on multiple boards throughout the district, is the Homeowner Association president, volunteers in every school in the district, and is the District Beautification commissioner.
Jonathan is the son of beloved Channel 4 weatherman, Bill Hall, who passed away in 2011.
“Growing up with a parent on television, you are a little hyper-sensitive because every-thing you do or say is scrutinized,” he said. “It taught me so many phenomenal things early. I became a people person, never uncomfortable in any situation or anywhere—which is why I’m the only candidate who participates and goes to everything, everywhere in the district. I’m a fixture at the Scottsboro Community Club, Bordeuax Hills, Kings Lane. For every neighborhood in that District, I have a story and a friend.”
Jonathan also helps teach lower income residents job and life skills “so we can create better neighbors and neighborhoods.”
He was raised in District 1 and is raising his family in the district as well.
“We’ve got to have the priorities of Nashvillians reflected in the budget on capital improvement and capital spending,” said Hall. “The earliest community meeting that I can remember attending was back in ‘79. I was a five-year-old sitting on my dad’s lap, arguing in a community meeting. I was trying to get sidewalks because I was a kindergartener having to walk in the ditch as my mom held my hand while walking to school because we had no sidewalks. Now I’m 45, about to be 46, and we’ve only got half the sidewalks on that same street and they never finished those.”
Hall promises to be passionate, tough, and to bring needed transparency and accountability to District 1.