Early Voting for September 12 election begins next week

Last updated on September 9th, 2019 at 11:10 am

Mayor David Briley

Early voting for the Metro General Runoff Election will begin Friday, August 23. Nashvillians will vote for mayor, four at-large council members, and eight district council members.

Incumbent Mayor David Briley is facing off against at-large Councilman John Cooper. Briley is in the uncomfortable position of trailing Cooper by almost 10% in the General Election.

With Councilman Bob Mendes being the only at-large candidate to receive enough votes for office, eight candidates will compete for the last four spots: Zulfat Suara (9.3%), Sharon Hurt (9.24%), Sheri Weiner (9.19%), Burkley Allen (8.95%), Fabian Bedne (7.28%), Howard Jones (7.24%), Steve Glover (6.96%), and Gary Moore (6.07%).

District races will be as follows:

  • District 2: Councilman DeCosta Hastings will face off against Kyonzte’ Toombs. Hastings received the majority of the vote in the General Election with a crowded field of opponents, leading his closest opponent by over eight percent.
  • District 7: Emily Benedict will face off against Clint Camp. Benedict received over 40% of the vote.
  • District 13: Russ Bradford will face off against Andrew Dixon. Bradford received 44% of the vote, a little less than four percent more than Dixon.
  • District 16: Ginny Welsch will face off against former Councilman Tony Tenpenny. Wesch received 41% of the vote in the General Election to lead Tenpenny by four percent.
  • District 21: Councilman Ed Kindall led the race and will face Brandon Taylor in the runoff. Kindall received over 35% of the vote, with Taylor close behind.
  • District 23: Councilwoman Mina Johnson will face off against former Nashville school board candidate Thom Druffel. Johnsons received over 46% of the vote, but only leads Druffel by a slight margin.
  • District 26: Courtney Johnston will face off against Councilman Jeremy Elrod. Johnston leads Elrod by over four percent of the vote in a tight race.
  • District 30: Sandra Sepulveda will face off against former state Rep. Sherry Jones. Sepulveda lead in the General Election by a little more than two percent.

Councilman DeCosta Hastings

Voters are urged to take advantage of early voting and to use the free GoVoteTN app to know exactly when and where to vote. Voters can download the GoVoteTN app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to view voter-specific information. Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more.

The platform is also available at GoVoteTN.com.

“Residents voting early or on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification with them to the polls,” said voting officials.
“A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as well as photo IDs issued by Tennessee state government or the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.”

Voting at the Howard office building is Friday, August 23 thru Saturday, September 7.

All early voting locations will be open Friday, August 30, through Saturday, September 7.

On Election Day, citizens must vote at their assigned polling place. To find your assigned location, visit www. nashville.gov/vote.