Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The March 3rd Council meeting: The stopped-the-swingers-club meeting.




I have not yet watched this meeting. I will, and I will report on what happened on the important stuff and will notate the timestamps so you can go directly to the spot in the video where the good parts are. Please look for an update.

Here is the Tennesseean's report on the swinger club issue:

Council advances zoning change to block swingers club

Dozens of opponents to a swingers club trying to move to Madison flooded the Metro Council meeting Tuesday to rally against the club and to support a zoning change to block it from opening.
"The people of Madison see creeping into its area a business that does not promote a positive image," said Buck Dozier, a Madison resident and former councilman. "These families want to be surrounded by wholesome activities."

After about 30 minutes of comments, the Metro Council voted unanimously in favor of the zoning change. A third and final vote is still required.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Who is running for Mayor and Council (update # 7). See who pulled qualifying petitions.

This is update #7. Since the last update, I have examined the list of everyone who has picked up a qualifying petition. It should be noted that many times people pick up a qualifying petition and then do not run, so all of the people listed may not be serious candidates. Below is the codes I have used for understanding what actions the candidates have taken toward their campaign.

"(T)" means the candidate has filed a treasurer's form. Candidates are not permitted to begin raising money until this form is filed.
"(D1)" means the candidate has filed a campaign disclosure. Candidates who did not appoint a treasure prior to January 15 were not required to file a campaign disclosure.
"(QP)" means the candidate has picked up a qualifying petition.
Please pay attention to "link." That will take you to the candidates website or news items about the candidate.
If you are a candidate and I missed your website or Facebook page and you would like it listed, please send me the link. I will also post any candidate's press release announcing their candidacy.

Where I have made endorsements, the candidates name is bold and in red typeface. I will be making more endorsements as time goes on but I may not make an endorsement in every race, as I may not have enough information to make an informed decision in each race or some districts may have candidates so equally distasteful that I don't care who wins.  Winnability is a factor in who I support as well as experience and philosophy of government. I will be making a modest campaign contribution to those whom I endorse.

Below are the people running for Mayor:
  • Megan Barry, progressive Council-member-at-large.  (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Charles Robert Bone, an attorney (link)  (T)(D1) (QP)
  • Linda Rebrovick, Consensus Point president and CEO. A Republican. (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Kenneth Eaton, owner of Eaton's Used Cars and other business interest. He is a Republican.  (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Jeremy Kane, CEO and President of Lead Academy (link (T)(D1)(QP)
  •  David Fox, a former Tennessean business reporter, former Titan Advisor, former school board member. He is assumed to be a Republican and has a Republican campaign team. (link. link).  (T)(D1)(QP)
  • David Freeman, local businessman and major fund raiser for the Democratic party. (link) (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Howard Gentry, former Vice Mayor, came in third when running for mayor in 2007. The only African-American in the race. Currently serves as Davidson County Criminal Court clerk. (link) (T)
    (QP)
  • James B. Johnson, (T)(D1)(QP)

Tim Garrett
This is who is running for Vice Mayor:
  • Tim Garrett, Councilman-at-large and former state representative. He is in the funeral home business. He is a Democrat, but he is a reasonable, fiscally conservative Democrat and a very nice guy with a depth of knowledge about Nashville. The job of Vice Mayor is to conduct Council meetings and to appoint the members of Council to committees. It is a fine balance between running efficient meetings and stifling debate. I think Garrett will strike the right balance. I think he will be fair and thoughtful in making committee assignments. With so many good people leaving the council, we need someone with institutional knowledge in the Council. Tim Garrett will be a great vice mayor. (T)(D1)(QP) (link)
  • David Briley, grandson of former Mayor Beverly Briley, an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton, former candidate for mayor. (T)(D1) (link)

There are no incumbent Council members at-large. They have all been "termed-out." These are people who have said they are running for Council-at-large or assumed to be running: 
  • Karen Bennett, currently represents a Council District and is a member of the Republican Party State Executive Committee. (T) (link)
  • Walter Hunt. He is currently serving as the Councilman from District 3, he is a retired substitute teacher and served in a high level  capacity in the Boner administration and is a member of the Davidson County Democratic Party executive committee. He is African-American. (T)(D1). (link)
  • Ken Jakes, he owns a produce company and is a citizen activist who has often exposed government waste and corruption.  He has previously sought the position, garnering the most votes other than the five incumbents. (T)(D1) (QP) link,  (link to everything ever published in this blog about Ken Jakes and learn of his work for honest and open government.)  
  • John Lasiter. He previously served in the Council represented District 18 in 2007. He is openly gay. (T)(D1) (QP)link, linklink,
  • Don Majors, who has been working in constituent services for Rep. Jim Cooper, is leaving that position to run for council. He previously represented the Maplewood area in the 90s and early aughts. (T)(D1)(QP) (link)
  • Lonnell Mathews, Jr., currently representing District 1 and termed out. He is African American. (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Bob Mendes, an attorney, chairs the board of Nashville Electric Service. (link) (T) 
  • Jim Shulman. (T)(D1)(QP)
  •  Robert Duvall, currently a district councilman, term limited out, former unsuccessful candidate for the State House, and current Chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party.
  •  Sandra Moore, she is Council member in District 17 who is termed-out. (QP)
  • Al Carota (link) (QP)
  • Ken Jakes
  • Erin Coleman (QP)
Below are the people who are running for a District council seats or who may be running for District Council seats and any links to there websites other information. Most of the current Council members are "termed-out," meaning they have served  two terms and are not eligible to seek reelection. The names of incumbents who are seeking reelection are italicized in the list below. Three Council members, Josh Stites in District 13, Brady Banks in District 4, and Chris Harmon in District 26 are not termed-out but have chosen not to seek reelection.

District 1.
  • Ruby Baker, (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Lioniel Green, Jr.. (T)(QP) Former officer in US Army, served in Iraq, on the board of the charter school Purpose Prep and Northwest YMCA. (link)
  • Rueben Dockery, he is a former candidate for the State Senate (link) (QP)
  • John H. Montgomery, (T) (QP)
  • Johnathan Richardson, (QP)
  • Jerry Stange, (QP)
  • Roosevelt Williamson, (QP)
District 2.
  • Carrie Searcy is an attorney  focused on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury with the law firm of Edward J. Gross. (link) (T) (D1)(QP)
  • Robert "Bobby" Stockard, (link)(T)(D1)(QP)
  • Decosta Hastings, He is a member of the Davidson County Democrat Party Executive Committeeman.(link) (T)
  • Danavan Hylton, President and Owner of Hoshana Management Group (link) (T)
  • Melvin Black, He is a former member of the Metro Council. (link) (T)(D1)
  • Charles Covington, (QP)
  • Laura Fortier, (QP)
  • Andre Southall, (T) (QP)
District 3.
  • Brenda Haywood, (T)(QP)
  • Helen Hughes, (T)
  • Timothy R. Coleman, (T)(QP)
District 4.
  • Robert Swope, (T)(QP)(link)
  • Peter Tuttle, (QP)
District 5.
  • Joseph Zerbee, (T) (D1)
  • Scott Davis, he is the incumbent, (link) (T)
District 6.
  • Peter Westerholm, He is the incumbent and one of the more liberal members of the council (T)(D1)
  • Brett A. Withers, (link) (link) (T)(QP)
District 7.
Steve Clements
  • Anthony Davis, he is the incumbent councilman.
  • Stephen Clements, a Republican who heads the Caffeinated Conservatives group, works for the State of Tennessee, former Army officer, active in Madison Now and other civic affairs.  (link)  (T)(D1) (QP)
District 8.
  • Nancy VanReece, (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Ramona Gholston, (T)(QP)
  • Chris Swann, (link) (link) (T)(QP)
  • Robert Sawyers,Sr., (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Sarah Martin,  She is a liberal, works in the non-profit sector, neighborhood activist. She is a liberal, works in the non-profit sector, neighborhood activist.  (link) (link) (link) (T)(QP)
  • Danny Williams, (QP)
District 9.
  • Bill Pridemore, He is the incumbent seeking reelection. (T) (QP)
District 10.
  • Doug Pardue, He is the incumbent seeking reelection. (QP)
District 11.
  • Larry Hagar, He is the incumbent, elected in a special election in August 2014. In the short while he has been in office, he has voted the right way on the few controversial votes. He deserves another term. (T)(QP)
  • William Cyril Guthoerl, He is a conservative and I supported Guthoerl in his two previous races for this seat, however, Hagar has voted the right way since he has been in office and I am supporting Hagar. I spoke to William recently and he said he is still considering running. I discouraged him. He has not appointed a treasurer or picked up a qualifying petition as of 3-3-2015.
District 12.
  • Steve Glover, (T)(QP)
District 13.
  • Holly Huezo, (QP)
District 14.
  • Kevin Rhoten, a former Tennessee state attorney and legislative liaison in Gov. Pill Bredesen's administration. (T)(D1)(QP)
District 15.
District 16.
  • Tony Tenpenny,  He is the incumbent.(QP)
District 17.
  • Christopher Cotton,(link) (T)
  • Colby Sledge, A community activist, public relations professional with McNeely, Piggott and Fox and former employee of the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus. (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Paula Foster. She is endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. She is practicing privately as a clinical social work supervisor and therapist as well as a practicing faculty member for the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. She lives with her "wife." (link) (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Tony Watson, (T1)(QP)
District 18.
  • Burkley Allen. She is the incumbent (T)(D1)(QP)
District 19.
  • Freddie O'Connell,  President of the Salemtown Neighborhood Association, board member of Walk Bike Nashville. (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Bill Shick, an attorney, member of the Tennessee Democratic Party's executive committee. (link) (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Brian Mason, He is, a Republican and an international business consultant. He recently ran for the State Legislature
District 20.
  • Marisa Frank, (T)
  • Frank Stabile (link) (T)(QP)
  • Mary Clayton Roberts (T)(QP) 
District 21.
  • Leah P. Dupree, An attorney and legislative liaison for the Tennessee Department of General Services. (link) (T)(QP)
  • Edward Kindal, (T)(QP)
  • Mark Lollis, Jr (QP)
District 22.
  • Sheri Weiner, The incumbent Council member, a Republican. (link) (T)(D1)(QP)  
District 23.
  • Thom Druffel,(link) (link) (T)(QP)
  • Mina Johnson, very active in the West Meade neighborhood organization. (link)(T)(D1)(QP)
  • Timothy Lee, Tim Lee is a Republican and a former candidate for the state house. I like both Tim Lee and Jim Roberts in this race, however, I have already committed to Jim Roberts and am supporting his candidacy. (T) (QP)
  • Jim Roberts, former Republican candidate for Chancery Court Judge.
District 24.
  • Allen Grant, (link) (link) (T) (D1)
  • Nick McGregor, (link) (T)(QP)
  • Kathleen Murphy, She is a government lobbyist and active in Democrat Party politics. (link)(link) (T)(D1)(QP)
 District 25.
  • Russ Pulley, (link) (T) (D1) (QP)
District 26.
  • Jeremy Elrod, An attorney, employed at the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association. (link) (T)(QP)
  • Brocks Parks, (QP)
District 27.
  • Davette Blalock, The incumbent councilmember, A Republican.(link) (T)(D1)(QP)
    Davette Blalock
  • Gary Clement Ledbetter, Jr., (T)(D1)
District 28.
  • Travis W. Danker, (link) (QP)
  • Melissa Smithson, (link) (T)(D1)
  • Tanaka Vercher, (link) (T)(D1)
District 29.
  • Karen Johnson. She is the incumbent Council member. (T)
District 30.
  • Jason Potts, the incumbent council member. (T) (QP)
District 31.
  • Fabian Bedne, the incumbent council member. (T) (D1)(QP)
District 32.
  • Jacobia  Dowell (T1)
  • Troy Moody, (T)(QP)
  • Gerald Proby, (T)(QP)
  • Williams Kissie, (T) (D1) (QP)
District 33.
  • Sam Coleman,  former Councilman, (T)(QP)
  • Jimmy Gafford, (T)(QP)
  • Timothy H. Herndon, (T)
District 34.
  • Steve Butler, (link) (T) (D1)
  • Angie Henderson, (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
Lonnie Spivak
District 35.
  • Lonnie Spivak, a Republican and a former Republican primary candidate for the 5th Congressional district. (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Vic Lineweaver, A former Metro Councilman who went on to be elected Juvenile Court Clerk and extreme mismanaged the office. He was once arrested for failing to provide client files to the court. He was filmed by a local news station in his driveway getting his newspaper while on the phone claiming to be at work. Lineweaver lost his re-election bid. He has been trying to get back into politics every since. (Lineweaver arrested by Juvenile Court officers) (link) (T)(QP)
  • Dave Rosenberg, a supporter of State Rep. and Council member Bo Mitchel and a supporter of School Board member Amy Frogge. Those are two good reasons to vote against him. He has several Bellvue community involvements. (link)(T)(D1)(QP)

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Which Tennessee congressmen will boycott Netanyahu?

If you keep up with the national news then you are aware of of the growing rift between the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  This rift has been growing for six years.  The primary cause of the rift is that the US has taken a less hard line toward Iran's nuclear ambitions and Israel fears for its survival if Iran becomes a nuclear power. Other issues that have caused tension is that Israel continues to allow Israeli settlements in the territory that is often referred to as Palestinian territory.

The tensions between the two leaders has lead the Obama administration to engage in efforts to defeat Netanyahu in his upcoming election for another term as Prime Minister of Israel. Obama is funneling money to Netanyahu's opponent.

Once the Republicans gained control of Congress, they invited Mr. Netanayahu to address a joint session of Congress.  It is assumed Mr. Netanyahu will speak on how a nuclear armed Iran will cause greater nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, lead to further destabilization in the region,  and why a nuclear armed Iran is viewed as a threat to Isreal's survival.

It is not unprecedented that a foreign leader addresses the U.S. Congress.  Numerous heads of state have addressed Congress over the years. Congress is a co-equal branch of government with a role to play in foreign affairs.  Congress must approve the budgets necessary to fund our diplomatic efforts, must fund the defense budget, must approve ambassadors, and has the constitutional authority to declare war. Certainly Congress is not overstepping any bounds by inviting a foreign leader to address the body.   The President is livid, however, and has let it be know that he objects to Netanyahu speaking to Congress.


A number of top Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, whose is President of the Senate won't be attending the event. A total of 57 members of Congress will be boycotting the speech.  The only Tennessean member of Congress joining the boycott is Representative Steve Cohen of Memphis.

For more on the ruptured relations between the US and Isreal, follow these links:

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Monday, March 2, 2015

What's on the March 3rd Council Agenda? Stopping a swingers club, dog chains, and standing with Israel.

Council meetings can be really boring if you don't know what's going on.  With an agenda and a staff analysis of the agenda you will know what is going on. The meeting will still be boring but not really, really boring. Follow the indicated links to get your own copies of the agenda and staff analysis.

The Effort to stop a swinger's club from opening in Madison.

The big item of the night will be the pubic hearing on BILL NO. BL2015-1036 which would prohibit private clubs from being in certain zoning districts  where there are now permitted.  The aim of this is to stop The Social Club from being able to open in Madison.  The Social Club is a swingers club that is currently located downtown at 700 Division Street across from Frugal McDougals. They have been at that location for a number of years but have been in Nashville for 35 years.  With downtown property values soaring, the private club sold their property and looked to relocate. A think a hotel is going in at the current location.

The Social Club is a private club and as such does not come under the same restrictions as do adult entertainment businesses such as strip clubs which can only locate in the central business district. If there were allowed to locate in Madison, there would be no flashing lights saying "Girls, Girls, Girls," and no pictures and scantily clad women.  There would probably be nothing more to indicate it was even there than the initials "THC" on a door. Unless someone asked, probably no one would know what was going on behind the closed doors.

The location where THC plans to relocate is near Good Pasture Christian School. If anyone wants to see pictures and maps for a better understanding of  proximity of the school and the proposed club, follow this link and click "pictometry" and "view metro map."  I think that the proximity to a school is simply and excuse to oppose the club. If no one told students at Good Pasture, they would never know it was there. The club has already received most, but not all, of the necessary approvals to open. The lawyer for the club says if the zoning is changed to prohibit the club from opening at that location, then he will sue the city. The staff analysis does not address the probability of the city prevailing if this bill passes and the club does sue. That should be an important factor in determining how one votes. I hope someone ask that question at the Planning and Zoning committee of the Council when this bill is discussed.

The Planning Commission approved this bill which changes permitted uses on property zoned such as this property is zoned and several other zoning categories.  The churches in the Madison community have been active in generating opposition to the club  and promise to pack the court house with proponents of the text change to the zoning ordinance. I expect several pastors will speak in favor of this bill. Sponsors of the bill are Karen Bennett, Bill Pridemore, Duane Dominy, Larry Hagar, and Karen Johnson.

The first item on the agenda is BILL NO. BL2015-1008. This passed last council meeting but then Councilman Duane Dominy, in a rarely used parliamentary procedure, moved to have the bill reconsidered so that is why it is back on the agenda this meeting. This is my commentary on the bill and my report of what happened to this bill last meeting:

BILL NO. BL2015-1008 regulates how one could tether their dog such as how long the
cable must be and how heavy and also prohibits keeping a dog tethered when it is too hot or too cold and prohibits tethering a dog with a chain. If the dog has water and shade I do not see that a heat index of 90 is excessive. Also some dogs, such as Alaskan Huskies, can tolerate being outside in a well-strawed dog house at 20° below for up to 8 hours (link). Some dogs are bred for cold weather. This bill treats all dogs the same, and they simply are not. I do not want to see any dog mistreated but I am not sure why a light-weight chain is banned. What is wrong with a chain?
Councilman Karen Bennett, the lead sponsor of the bill, makes a pitch for her bill. Councilman Duane Dominy gets recognized and ask for a suspension of the rules in order to offer an amendment of the bill. On third reading council rules prohibit amendments to bills, but the council may suspend the rules in order to entertain a proposed amendment. There was an objection and Duane was unable to offer an amendment. He then spoke on the bills itself. Councilman Dominy says his 40 pound dog Lucy has chewed through four cables, one rated for a 250 pound dog. Dominy has the chains and holds them up and shows them. He says as currently drafted the bill endangers animals. Dominy asks for the bill to be deferred but does not make that in the form of a motion. In a wise, seldom used, parliamentary move, Dominy voted in favor of the bill, then moved to reconsider. He got five people who supported him in that request, so the bill will be back on third reading next Tuesday. To see the floor action on this bill see time tamp 36:48 - 45:56. (See video)
I don't know what will happen to this bill this time. I think Dominy may have been doing some lobbying and maybe negotiating with the sponsor and I hope his concern can be addressed, but I would hope the whole bill could be killed.  A Greyhound and an Alaskan Husky have different tolerances for heat and cold. In my view, we should not be micromanaging how people care for their dogs.

There are four appointments to Board and Commission on the agenda but the Council never examines these appointees and they always pass.

There are 18 resolution on public hearing including the text change aimed at stopping the location of the swingers club in Madison. Most rezoning bills interest only those people in the neighborhood of the rezoning and I don't event attempt to keep track of them or  form opinions on them, so if you want to see if a rezoning bill interest you, look at the agenda.

BILL NO. BL2015-1004  is a bill that rezones massive swaths of the county to single family where as now they are zoned for duplexes. Almost everyone gives lip service to affordable housing and support for mass transit. Bills like this are contrary to those objectives. To have viable mass transit and a stock of affordable housing we need greater density, not less.

BILL NO. BL2015-1032 by Councilman Weterholm  applies a contextual overlay plan to lots of properties in east Nashville. What this really does, I cannot tell from reading the bill and the staff analysis does not tell us, but because it effects so many parcels it may be something important.

There are six resolutions, all on the consent agenda. None of them are of much interest except this resolution which was deferred from last meeting:
RESOLUTION NO. RS2015-1389 is interesting. It involves the settlement of a lawsuit brought  by an employee who sued the city when fired. It is somewhat complex.  The fired former employee was a Metro Parks Police officer with the Parks Department who is a lesbian and one of the first females hired by the Parks Department for a Parks police position with the department. The department fired her for inefficient performance of duties, insubordination toward a supervisor, violation of written rules and dishonesty. She claims she was discriminated against. This resolution would settle the suit for $295,000. I understand those who may not want to settle this suit, but my view is that the Council should settle lawsuits when defending them would be more costly than settling and when there is serious doubt if we would win  if it went to trial. I tend to trust the legal department when they propose settling a suit. This resolution is deferred one meeting. Why, I don't know.
There are 12 bills on First Reading. I have not examined them. First reading is a formality that allows a bill to be considered. No serious attention is paid to bills until after first reading.

There are only two bills on Second Reading and neither are of interest.

There are eleven bills on Third Reading.

BILL NO. BL2014-948  was on the agenda last meeting and deferred. Why it was defered I do not know. Here is what I said about it at that time:

BILL NO. BL2014-948  amends the Five Points redevelopment plan, changing some permitted uses and it would provide and additional $670,000 in Tax Increment Financing. TIF lets the taxes from a project first go to pay for improvements in the area of the project before any tax from the project goes to the general fund of the city. I am not opposed to TIF but think it must be used cautiously . If TIF causes a project to be built that most likely would not be built then it makes sense. If however, it is just a giveaway in a popular area where development would occur anyway then it is a misguided policy in my view. I would like to know how much money has been diverted from the general fund over the past few years due to TIF and if this development tool is being overused. This bill is deferred one meeting at the request of the sponsor.
None of the other bills on Third Reading are of much interest.

There are four memorializing resolutions on the agenda. Two of them are non-controversial; two others may be.  A memorializing resolution has no force in law, but simply expresses the opinion of the Metro Council. These should be taken seriously however. Sometime these bills are part of a nationwide effort to influence Congress. Unless the memorializing resolution gets a "no" vote in committee or someone objects from the floor, a memorializing resolution becomes part of the consent agenda. The Council has from time to time has passed some very liberal memorializing resolution without any discussion or dissent.

RESOLUTION NO. RS2015-1398  by Council member Megan Barry puts the council on record supporting HB317/SB496 prohibiting short-term lenders from charging an interest rate for any short-term lending transaction that exceeds 28 percent per year. Short-term lenders are normally referred to has "payday" lenders. Here is how these lenders operated. Assume a person gets paid every two weeks and he needs to borrow money, say to keep the electricity from being cut off. He borrows $300 and on pay day he pays back $340. Do the math: 40/300= 13.3% x 26 two-week periods in a year = 347% interest. Some people end of with four or five of these. It is terrible. However, when you compare the cost of this loan with the cost of being without electricity and then paying a reconnect fee, it is not so bad. Or if you compare this cost with the cost of being overdrawn by $1 in in your checking account which then causes a lot more checks to bounce and you have to pay a insufficient funds fee for each check and a daily over draft fee, then the pay day fee is not so bad.  People should not let their electric bill go unpaid or bounce checks. People need to learn good money management skills, but pay day lenders are no more predatory than the Nashville Electric Service or First American Bank.  This memorializing resolution needs to be defeated.

RESOLUTION NO. RS2015-1400  by Council member Josh Stites declares  May 14, 2015 as Stand With Israel Day in Nashville.  Israel is our long time ally in the Middle East and shares our democratic values. I stand with Israel and would vote for this resolution.








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Nashville GOP 2015 Caucus & Convention

A message from the Chairman:

To Everyone:

I needed to send out a message to clarify dates, times, & place for the election of the Davidson County Republican Party Officers. Yes, it's that time again, when we as Republicans have the opportunity to elect our Board Members and Leadership. There seems to be some misinformation as to dates, time, and place, so I hope this will act as an unofficial notification until the official notice is posted.

The Caucus will be held as follows:

March 14, 2015 Caucus -Ed Jones Auditorium - Ellington Agricultural Center 8AM to 12 PM (Watch the notification for cut-off time to register) (You must become a delegate to vote at the following Saturday's Convention, so the Caucus is important for that status)

March 21, 2015 Convention - (You must be a delegate to vote at the Convention) Ed Jones Auditorium - Ellington Agricultural Center 8AM to 12 PM

Note: Anyone seeking to run for a County Party office, please contact Ed Smith (krisland1@comcast.net) via email for the Contest & Credentials Committee to get a jump on qualifying you as a candidate. Last but not least, I have enjoyed the past two years as your Chairman and will be running for re-election as the Party Chairman at the Convention.

Best wishes to all,
Robert Duvall
Chairman

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Carrie Searcy announces her candidacy for Metro Council District 2.

Carrie Searcy
Press Release- Metro Council District 2 candidate, Carrie Searcy, prepares to officially kick off her campaign on Thursday, March at the Al Menah Shrine Temple, 1354 Brick Church Pike at 5:30p.m., with Dwayne Bell, Sr. serving as campaign Treasurer. Attorney Searcy has practiced law in Nashville since 2011. She currently provides legal services focused on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury in a firm with Edward J. Gross. Prior to practicing law, Mrs. Searcy worked in the title insurance industry. Mrs. Searcy also worked with the Tennessee Initiative for Gifted Education Reform, as well as Special Education Services to promote appropriate education services for children with special needs. While in law school she completed an internship at the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office. During this time, while working on a case, Mrs. Searcy was shot during an unrelated altercation between two young men. This strengthened her resolve to assist not only those accused of crimes, but also working with young people and residents to reduce criminal activity in local communities.

"I have worked hard all my life in school, as a parent, and as a practicing attorney. When elected as your council representative, I will work hard for you. I thank you for your support and would appreciate your vote of confidence”, says Mrs. Searcy. She has been solving problems and conflicts for clients and community members, and wants to help our District 2 by applying this experience to benefit our community. She will use her skills to protect the history of our neighborhood, improve our services and amenities, and encourage those who live in District 2 to participate alongside her in “Taking Pride in Our Community”.

Mrs. Searcy and her husband are members at Mount Zion Baptist Church and have been active community volunteers, including participating in the Tennessee Adopt a Highway Program covering two miles of highway along Trinity Lane and Whites Creek Pike. She is currently serving on several non-profit boards, including the Northwest YMCA, Disciples Village Retirement Community Executive Board Secretary, Bordeaux North Chamber of Commerce Legal Committee Chair, Judge Rachel L. Bell Beautification Project Community Coordinator, and NAACP Nashville Branch Executive Committee and Legal Redress Committee. She is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Napier Looby Bar Association, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Women In Numbers, Davidson County Democratic Women, Tennessee Democratic Committee, National Democratic Committee, Eastern Star Rock City Chapter and Nashville School of Law Cooper’s Inn Society.

She invites the community to join her at her community kick off Thursday, March 12th, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at Al Menah Shrine Temple, 1354 Brick Church Pike for complimentary refreshments.
For more information you can visit www.ElectSearcy.com, connect on Facebook at Carrie Searcy Metro Council District 2, on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram, or call Mrs. Searcy at her office at 615-259-9725

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Who is running for Mayor and Council (update #6). Duane Dominy not running at-large.

This is a quick update. A more detailed update will follow soon listing everyone who has appointed a treasurer and everyone who has picked up a qualifying petition.

Duane Dominy, who is termed-out and cannot run for reelection for his district seat, was undecided but thinking about running for an at-large Metro Council seat.  I met with him last week and he told me definitely he has decided not to run at-large.   Dominy is one of the brightest, hardest-working, and most conservative members of the Metro Council. His talents in the Council will be missed. He was a leader in the effort to save the fair grounds.

Below are additional people who are running for council district seats.

Sarah Martin, District 5. She is a liberal, works in the non-profit sector, neighborhood activist.  (link) (link) (link)
Leah P. Dupree, District 21. An attorney and legislative liaison for the Tennessee Department of General Services. (link)
Jeremy Elrod, District 26. An attorney, employed at the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association. (link)

If any candidate sends me their announcement of candidacy, I will post it to this blog.

Below is update #5. No changes have been made to the below since posted on Feb. 12.

Look who is running for Mayor and Council (update #5). A lot more candidates throw their hat into the ring.

This is my fifth update. Additions from the previous update are underlined. Deletions from the last update are simply deleted in most cases, but when a person was previously an announced candidate and has recently withdrawn, I have listed them but noted they have withdrawn and struck through their name.

"(T)" means the candidate has filed a treasurer's form. Candidates are not permitted to begin raising money until this form is filed.
"(D1)" means the candidate has filed a campaign disclosure. Candidates who did not appoint a treasure prior to January 15 were not required to file a campaign disclosure.

Please pay attention to "link."  That will take you to the candidates website or news items about the candidate. If you are a candidate and I missed your website or Facebook page and you would like it listed, please send me the link.

Where I have made endorsements, the candidates name is bold and in red typeface. I will be making more endorsements as time goes on but I may not make an endorsement in every race, as I may not have enough information to make an informed decision in each race. For Mayor and Councilman-at-large races, I want to know who all is running before I make a decision of who I am supporting. Winnability is a factor in who I support as well as experience and philosophy of government. I will be making a modest campaign contribution to those whom I endorse.

Below are the people running for Mayor:

  • Megan Barry, progressive Council-member-at-large. (T)(D1)  (link)
  • Charles Robert Bone, an attorney (T)(D1) (link)
  • Linda Rebrovick, Consensus Point president and CEO. A Republican. (T)(D1) (link)
  • Kenneth Eaton, owner of Eaton's Used Cars and other business interest. He is a Republican. (T)(D1) (link)
  • Jeremy Kane, CEO and President of Lead Academy (T)(D1) (link)David Fox, a former Tennessean business reporter, former Titan Advisor, former school board member. He is assumed to be a Republican and has a Republican campaign team. (T)(D1) ( link. link)
  • David Freeman, local businessman and major fund raiser for the Democratic party.(T)(D1)
  • Howard Gentry, former Vice Mayor, came in third when running for mayor in 2007. The only African-American in the race. Currently serves as Davidson County Criminal Court clerk. (T)
There are other people who were once thought to be running for Mayor or who some people hoped would run, but who have since said they are not running or whom we may assume are not running if they have not declared by now.  These once-potential mayoral candidates include the following: Daron Hall, William F. Carpenter III, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Stein, Lee Beaman, Charlie Tygard, Emily Evans. and Tim Garrett.

Tim Garrett
This is who is running for Vice Mayor:
  • Tim Garrett, Councilman-at-large and former state representative. He is in the funeral home business. He is a Democrat, but he is a reasonable, fiscally conservative Democrat and a very nice guy with a depth of knowledge about Nashville. The job of Vice Mayor is to conduct Council meetings and to appoint the members of Council to committees. It is a fine balance between running efficient meetings and stifling debate. I think Garrett will strike the right balance. I think he will be fair and thoughtful in making committee assignments. With so many good people leaving the council, we need someone with institutional knowledge in the Council. Tim Garrett will be a great vice mayor. (T)(D1) (link)
  • David Briley, grandson of former Mayor Beverly Briley, an attorney with Bone McAllester
    Ken Jakes
    Norton, former candidate for mayor. (T)(D1) (link)
These are people who have said they are running for Council-at-large or assumed to be running:  
  • Eugene Batsuk. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Davidson County Democrat Party. (T)(D1) (link) This candidate has withdrawn. He is not running.
  • Karen Bennett, currently represents a Council District and is a member of the Republican Party State Executive Committee. (T) (link)
  • Renard Francois. He is an attorney, he serves on Metropolitan Social Services Commission and he is a previous candidate for Council-at-large. He is African-American. (T) (link) This candidate is no longer running. He has withdrawn.
  • Walter Hunt. He is currently serving as the Councilman from District 3, he is a retired substitute teacher and served in a high level  capacity in the Boner administration and is a
    Duane Dominy
    member of the Davidson County Democratic Party executive committee. He is African-American. (T)(D1). (link)
  • Ken Jakes, he owns a produce company and is a citizen activist who has often exposed government waste and corruption.  He has previously sought the position, garnering the most votes other than the five incumbents. (T)(D1) link,  (link to everything ever published in this blog about Ken Jakes and learn of his work for honest and open government.)  
  • John Lasiter. He previously served in the Council represented District 18 in 2007. He is openly gay. (T)(D1) link, linklink,
  • Don Majors, who has been working in constituent services for Rep. Jim Cooper, is leaving that position to run for council. He previously represented the Maplewood area in the 90s and early aughts. (T)(D1) (link)
  • Lonnell Mathews, Jr., currently representing District 1 and termed out. He is African American. (link) (T)(D1)
  • Bob Mendes, an attorney, chairs the board of Nashville Electric Service. (link)  
  • Jim Shulman. (T)(D1)
  •  Robert Duvall, currently a district councilman, term limited out, former unsuccessful candidate for the State House, and current Chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party.
  • Duane Dominy, currently a district councilman, term limited out, former unsuccessful


    Robert Duvall

    candidate for the State House.  He is a good Republican and lead the fight to save the fairgrounds. 
Below are the people who are running for a District council seats or who may be running for District Council seats and any links to there websites other information. Incumbents are not included in this list. See the chart following this list for information on incumbents.
  • Ruby Baker, District 1, (T)(D1)
  • Lioniel Green, District 1, (T) Former officer in US Army, served in Iraq, on the board of the charter school Purpose Prep and Northwest YMCA. (link)
  • Carrie Searcy, District 2 (T) (D1)
  • Bobby Stockard, District 2 (T) 
  • Decosta Hastings, District 2 (T)
  • Danavan Hylton,  District 2 (T)
  • Melvin Black, District 2 (T)(D1) 
  • Brenda Haywood, District 3 (T)
  • Joseph Zerbee, District 5 (T) (D1)
  •  Brett A. Withers, District 6, (T)
  • Stephen Clements, District 7, a Republican who heads the Caffeinated Conservatives group, works for the State of Tennessee, former Army officer, active in Madison Now and other civic affairs. (T)(D1) link
  • Nancy VanReece, District 8, (T)
  • Ramona Gholston, District 8, (T)
  • Chris Swann, District 8, (T)
  • Robert Sawyers,Sr., District 8 (T)
  • William Cyril Guthoerl, District 11. The incumbent is attorney Larry Hagar who was elected to this seat in a special election in August 2014. In a three man race Hagar won 57% of vote and Guthoerl won 25% of the vote. It will be difficult to unseat an incumbent unless he does something to disappoint a lot of people. I supported Guthoerl in two previous races, however, I am going to wait to see how Hagar does before endorsing in the 11th. So far, on the few controversial votes Hager has voted the right way. Gutherl has not yet appointed a Treasure. I spoke to him recently and he said  he is still considering running. I discouraged him.
  • Kevin Rhoten, District 14, a former Tennessee state attorney and legislative liaison in Gov. Pill Bredesen's administration. (T)(D1)
  • Jim Garrett in District 15. (not announced) He has not yet appointed a treasure. 
  • Jeff Syracuse in District 15. (T)(D1) (link
  • Christopher Cotton, District 17 (T)
  • Larry Weakley, District 17 (T)(D1) No longer a candidate
  • Colby Sledge, District 17, a community activist, public relations professional with McNeely,
    Jim Roberts
    Piggott and Fox and former employee of the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus.(link) (T)(D1)
  • Paula Foster, District 17. She is endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. She is practicing privately as a clinical social work supervisor and therapist as well as a practicing faculty member for the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. She lives with her "wife." (link)(T)(D1)
  • Freddie O'Connell, District 19, President of the Salemtown Neighborhood Association, board member of Walk Bike Nashville. (link) (T) 
  •  Bill Shick, District 19, an attorney, member of the Tennessee Democratic Party's executive committee. (link) (T)(D1)
  • Brian Mason, District 19, He is, a Republican and an international business consultant. He recently ran for the State Legislature 
  • Marisa Frank, District 20 (T)
  • Frank Stabile, District 20 (T)
  • Leah Dupree, District 21 (T)
  • Edward Kindal, District 21(T)
  • Thom Druffel, District 23 (link) (link) (T)
  • Mina Johnson, District 23 (T)
  • Timothy Lee, District 23, (T) Tim Lee is a Republican and a former candidate for the state house. I like both Tim Lee and Jim Roberts in this race, however, I have already committed to Jim Roberts and am supporting his candidacy.
  • Jim Roberts, District 23, former Republican candidate for Chancery Court Judge.(link)
  • Allen Grant, District 24 (T) (D1)
  • Kathleen Murphy, District 24. She is a government lobbyist and active in Democrat Party politics. (T)(D1)
  • Jan Stinston, District 25 (T)(D1) No longer a candidate. 
  • Russ Pulley, District 25 (T) (D1)
  • Jeremy Elrod, District 26 (T)
  • Gary Clement Ledbetter, Jr., District 27 (T)
  • Melissa Smithson, District 28 (link) (T)(D1)
  • Tanaka Vercher, District 28 (link) (T)
  • Williams Kissie, District 32 (T) (D1)
  • Sam Coleman, District 33, (T) former Councilman,
  • Jimmy Gafford, District 33, (T)
  • Timothy H. Herndon, District 33, (T)
  • Steve Butler, District 34 (link) (T) (D1)
  • Angie Henderson, District 34 (link) (T)(D1)
  • Lonnie Spivak, District 35,(T)(D1) a Republican and a former Republican primary candidate for the 5th
    Lonnie Spivak
    Congressional district. (link)
  • Vic Lineweaver, District 35, (T) Lineweaver is a former Metro Councilman who went on to be elected Juvenile Court Clerk and extreme mismanaged the office. He was once arrested for failing to provide client files to the court. He was filmed by a local news station in his driveway getting his newspaper while on the phone claiming to be at work. Lineweaver lost his re-election bid. He has been trying to get back into politics every since.  (Lineweaver arrested by Juvenile Court officers) (link)
  • Dave Rosenberg, District 35, (T)(D1) a supporter of State Rep. and Council member Bo Mitchel and a supporter of School Board member Amy Frogge. Those are two good reasons to vote against him. He has several Bellvue community involvements. (link)


Italics indicate termed limited. A strike through indicates they are not a candidate. 
OFFICE
INCUMBENT
Who is running for this seat
(or may be)



Mayor
Karl Dean
See the list above
Vice-mayor and President
Diane Neighbors
Tim Garrett, David Briley
COUNCIL


At-large
Megan Barry

See the list above
At-large
Ronnie Stein
At-large
Tim Garrett
At-large
Charlie Tygard
At-large
Jerry Maynard
Districts


1
Lonnell Mathews, Jr.
Ruby Baker, Lioniel Green
2
Frank Harrison
Carrie Searcy, Bobby Stockard,  Melvin Black, Decosta Hastings
3
Walter hunt
Brenda Haywood
4
Brady Banks  **

5
Scott Davis
Joseph Zerbee
6
Peter Westerholm (T) (D1)
Brett A. Withers
7
Anthony Davis
Stephen Clements
8
Karen Bennett
Nancy VanReece, Chris Swann, Robert Sawyers,Sr
9
Bill  Pridemore (T)

10
Doug Pardue

11
Larry Hager (T)
William Cyril Guthoerl
12
Steve Glover

13
Josh Stites    *

14
Bruce Stanley
Kevin Rhoten
15
Phil Claiborne
Jim Garrett, Jeff Syracuse,
16
Tony Tenpenny

17
Sandra Moore
Larry Weakley, Colby Sledge, Paula Foster, Christopher Cotton
18
Burkley Allen (T)

19
Erica Gilmore
Freddie O'Connell, Bill Shick, Brian Mason
20
Buddy Baker
Marisa Frank, Frank Stabile
21
Edith Lancaster
Leah Dupree,  Edward Kindal
22
Sheri Weiner (T) (D1)

23
Emily Evans
Jim Roberts, Timothy Lee, Thom Druffel, Mina Johnson
24
Jason Holleman
Allen Grant, Kathleen Murphy
25
Sean McGuire
Jan Stinston, Russ Pulley
26
Chris Harmon
Jeremy Elrod,
27
Davette Blalock (T) (D1)
Gary Clement Ledbetter,Jr.
28
Duane A. Dominy
Melissa Smithson, Tanaka Vercher
29
Karen Y. Johnson (T)

30
Jason Potts (T)

31
Fabian Bedne (T) (D1)

32
Jacobia Dowell (T)
Williams Kissie
33
Robert Duvall
Sam Coleman, Jimmy Gafford
Timothy H. Herndon
34
Carter Todd
Angie Henderson,
Steve Butler
35
Bo Mitchell
Lonnie Spivak, Dave RosenbergVic Lineweaver
 
* Josh Stites is one of the more conservative members of the Council. I regret he is not seeking reelection. 

** Banks had been considered a rising star in Nashville's progressive circles when elected in 2011, but then was arrested for soliciting a prostitute.  The charge was dismissed after he completed the "john school" offered to first-time offenders.  Banks has consistently supported the Dean administration's agenda. 

This is a work in progress and I will be updating from time to time when new information becomes available. There are probably some candidates for Mayor or the Metro Council that I inadvertently left off of this list.  If there is an obvious candidate I failed to add to this list, please let me know.  

If you are a candidate, please be sure to send me your announcements, press releases, position papers and website links. Readers of this blog should not assume that because I post news of a campaign event or a press release from a candidate, that that constitutes an endorsement of that candidate. If I endorse someone, I will make it clear.


Important Dates:
  • February 2nd was the financial report filing deadline for those who had appointed a treasurer by January 15, 2015. Metro financial reports are not available online.
  • February 20th  is the date candidates may pick up qualifying petitions.
  • Candidate qualifying deadline - Noon, Thursday, May 21
  • Withdrawal deadline - Noon, Thursday, May 28 (Candidate must withdraw in writing)
  • Election Day - Thursday, August 6

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