"(T)" means the candidate has
filed a treasurer's form. Candidates are not permitted to begin raising
money until this form is filed.
These are the people running for Mayor or assumed to be running for Mayor:
- Megan Barry, very liberal Council-member-at-large. (T) link
- Charles Robert Bone, an attorney (T) (link)
- Linda Rebrovick, Consensus Point president and CEO. A Republican. (T) link
- Kenneth Eaton owner of Eaton's Used Cars and other business interest. He is a Republican. (T)
- Howard Gentry, former Vice Mayor, former candidate for Mayor who came close, African-American, husband of Sharon Gentry, chairman of the School Board.
- Jeremy Kane, CEO and President of Lead Academy (T) 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 teem. (T) link. link.
- David Freeman, local businessman and major fund raiser for the Democratic party.
- Jerry Maynard, currently a Councilman-at-large, Democrat, African-American.
- Ronnie Stein, currently a Councilman-at-large, a Democrat. I have not heard that Stein is running but assume he has ambitions to advance a political career and would not be surprised if he does run for Mayor.
- Daron Hall, the Sheriff
- William F. Carpenter III, Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals. (link)
- Lee Beaman, Owner of Beaman automotive companies and other business interest. Republican.
- Charlie Tygard, currently a term-limited Councilman-at-large. He knows Metro Government and he is fiscally conservative. He is a Republican.
This is who is running for Vice Mayor:
- Tim Garrett, Councilman-at-large and former state representative. He is in the funeral home business. I know 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. I know at this point, not knowing who else is running it may be early to make an endorsement but I would discourage anyone else from entering the race. Tim Garrett would make a great Vice Mayor. (T)
- David Briley, grandson of former Mayor Beverly Briley, an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton, former candidate for mayor. (T)
- Karen Bennett, currently represents a Council District and is a member of the Republican Party State Executive Committee.
- 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)
- 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 candidate for the State House. He is a good Republican and lead the fight to save the fairgrounds.
- Eugene Batsuk. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Davidson County Democrat Party. (T) (link)
- 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)
- 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
- 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).
- John Lasiter. He previously served in the Council represented District 18 in 2007. He is openly gay. (T) link, link, link,
- Lonnell Mathews, Jr., currently representing District 1 and termed out. He is African American (T)
- Jim Shulman. (T)
Vice-mayor and President
Lonnell Mathews, Jr.
Duane A. Dominy
Karen Y. Johnson
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 and press releases. and website links
My endorsements are highlighted in red. 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.
When it comes to recommendations for Councilmen-at-large, while one may vote for up to five candidates to fill five slots, I often vote for only one candidate rather than dilute my vote. I would find it difficult not to vote for Duvall or Dominy if they run however, so I am endorsing Jakes, Duvall and Dominy. I am holding off on endorsing other candidates until I see the full list of who is running and look at some data to see who can mount a serious challenge and some other factors. Any candidate who gets 20% of the vote for a Council-at-large seat gets elected without a runoff and those top vote getters who get less than 20% will face a runoff. The election is August 2015.