Last night on This Week with Bob Mueller, Councilman Jerry Maynard announced he would not be running for Mayor of Nashville. Maynard is a term-limited Councilman-at-large, a pastor, an author, an attorney, and a self-employed government relations consultant.
In announcing his decision not to run, he sited as his reason the health of his mother who is 70 years old and battling cancer. For a long time it was assumed Maynard would be a candidate. With several candidates in the race with deep pockets who can self-fund their own race or the ability to raise large sums of money, it is doubtful Maynard could have been elected Mayor. However, it is assumed he would have overwhelmingly carried the Black vote. With five viable white candidates splitting the non-Black vote, Maynard could have possibly made the runoff. At this time there is not another Black candidate for Mayor. It is unsure which candidate will benefit most from Maynard's withdrawal.