Last updated on June 18th, 2019 at 10:02 am
District 2 candidates are gunning for the frontrunner, accusing him of everything from environmental racism to selling out his community.
In a crowd of four candidates, incumbent Councilman DeCosta Hastings continues to move his district forward through the negativity.
“Negative politics, I don’t do,” said Councilman Hastings. “Negative politics hasn’t gotten me anywhere, but what has gotten me there is the stance that I took on affordable housing, the stance that I took to say no more dumps in our community, and the votes that I made to make sure that our children have the opportunity to go to nice, highly rated schools.”
While his detractors have called stories about his accomplishments “fake news” and claimed the desire to have an African American male represent the district is “sexist and racist,” Hastings continues to “go high as they go low.”
A ‘designated hitter’ is a baseball player who bats for another. DeCosta Hastings (or D.H. as he is often referred to) has been the ‘designated hitter’ for District 2 for years—long before he became the councilman.
Born in Nashville, he grew up in North Nashville’s John Henry Hale community, near Jo Johnston. He and his siblings were raised by Annie Bell Hastings and guided spiritually at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church. D.H. was an original member of the groundbreaking program, Men of Distinction at the Bethlehem Center of Nashville, and he graduated from Pearl Cohn Magnet High School. He attended Nashville State Community College and City College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from American Baptist College and serves as an associate pastor at New Wine Ministries in Nashville. His wife Johnetta Hastings lovingly assists his life and work.
DeCosta Hastings has been endorsed by two former District 2 council members, Jamie Isabel and Melvin Black, as well as the IAFF Union for re-election to the Metro Council.
Hastings has brought affordable housing to the district, recruited jobs and businesses, and even helped organize the removal of a downed light post from a parking lot when the property owner refused—even after some seniors had been injured by it.
“I was elected to make sure that we have a safe place for all of our constituents to call home and to be able to live and work and play as well,” said Hastings.
But perhaps the most important thing D.H. has done for his community is bringing connectivity and infrastructure improvement.
“Without the infrastructure being brought up to par inside of our area, we are not going to be able to drive the economic development that we need for our community,” he said.
Recently, his opponents have begun to blame him for the relocation of a waste treatment services company, coined ‘the grease plant.’
He has also been blamed for the existence of a rock quarry within the district. However, the environmental waste facility and quarry were present long before Hastings became the councilman.
Additionally, the treatment facility was zoned under a different councilmember. Tho-ugh Hastings could not legally prevent it from moving due to that zoning regulation, he was able to get the company to voluntarily make concessions that benefit the neighborhood.
“What I do is to protect the nature of the neighborhood, the people that I serve. I’m going to continue to do that as their councilman,” said Hastings. “I look forward to continue to serve as your District 2 councilman on Election Day, August, 1.”