Mayor David Briley’s path to re-election may be difficult, but the difficulty is something he is used to. The previous mayor had resigned amid a scandal involving an affair and mismanagement of city funds. When Briley took over the city, many were predicting an end to the growth and momentum that Nashville had experienced. However, Mayor Briley managed to take the reins and put together an impressive list of achievements. Now Briley wants to continue his multi-year program to create a city that is equitable for all Nashvillians.
“I’m the most qualified person to continue moving Nashville in the right direction,” said Briley. “We are in a position to use our city’s prosperity to bring prosperity to our residents and our neighborhoods.”
His long list of accomplishments includes:
· Providing the largest pay raise to teachers in more than a decade, and doing it without raising taxes.
· Launching Under One Roof 2029 to add more than 10,000 new affordable housing units by 2029.
· Putting the Equal Business Opportunity Ordinance into effect, helping minority- and women-owned businesses have a fair shot at Metro contracts.
· Creating Nashville GRAD, which helps MNPS graduates attend community college at no cost to them.
· Negotiating a new lease for the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena that keeps the Predators in Nashville for another 30 years and eliminates the tax subsidy on the arena.
· Announcing more than 10,000 new jobs in Nashville since assuming office last year.
Launching a capital-spending plan that included $351 million for neighborhood projects, including parks, sidewalks and libraries.
Specifically, Mayor Briley and his administration have proven to be a friend of the African American community, both in appearance and deed. Briley’s administration is the first to physically mirror what the city truly looks like. One third of his staff is African American, and half are female.
Additionally, though the area has seen several disparity studies before, Briley’s administration is the first to take those findings, and put forth positive change—particularly putting the Equal Business Opportunity Ordinance into effect, helping minority- and women-owned businesses have a fair shot at Metro contracts.
Briley’s other accomplishments include:
· Fully funding Metro General Hospital for two years in a row.
· Allocating $2.2 million for renovations to the McGruder Center in North Nashville.
Securing the lease for the National Museum of African American Music downtown.
· Signing the contract to provide body cameras to our police department
· Promoting William Swann to serve as the city’s first African American fire chief.
· Making the decision to turn Greer Stadium into green space to honor the history at Ft. Negley.
· Working with William Weeden, MNPD and the community to ensure the successful launch of Nashville’s Community Oversight Board.
“For the past 22 years, I have been working to make Nashville a better place for everyone. As an attorney, I represented Occupy Nashville in their battle against the state. I also fought for clients like Cyntoia Brown to receive justice and spent 10 years on the Housing Fund board. I’ve fought for Nashvillians in elected office too—for eight years on the Metro Council, three years as vice mayor and now 18 months as mayor.
“I understand that the mayor’s job is to look after the people of Nashville. Sometimes that can be done by managing a budget and allocating money. But sometimes it involves standing up to our state leadership and our president if their legislation is hurtful to Nashvillians.
We have grown a great deal in the last decade, and the growth comes with challenges. But we can’t let these challenges divide us. On the contrary, we need to come together to work towards solutions. That’s what I’ve done as mayor and what I will continue to do.”