Sunday, April 12, 2015

Who is runnng for Mayor, Vice Mayor, Councilman-at-large, and District Councilmen. (update #8)

This is update #8 on who is running for Mayor and seats on the Metro Council. Since the last update on March 3rd, a lot of new candidates have thrown their hat in the ring. Most candidates have picked up qualifying petitions and most have appointed treasurers. Many filed campaign reports for the period that ended January 15 and some of them have raised a lot of money.  Eleven candidates for Council had raised over $10,000 by the end of the January 15 period and four of them had raised over $20,000!  That is a lot of money and that was for the period ending January 15th. To see who raised the money in the first reporting period see my summary at Who has the money in the race for Vice Mayor, Council-at-large, and District Council.

Today, April 10th was the deadline to file reports for the period that ended March 30th.  As soon  as the election commission has posted those reports, I will be analyzing them and posting a summary of how much money each candidate has raised, but also doing a report on who is contributing to which candidates. You can tell a lot about a candidate by know who is financially supporting their campaign.

Of the candidates who picked up qualifying petitions, 33 candidates have submitted petitions and the required number of names have been verified.  Unless they should be challenged for some reason such as occupancy or something else, those candidates will be on the ballot unless they choose to withdraw their candidacy.

I have examined an updated list of everyone who has picked up a qualifying petition and a list of everyone who has appointed a campaign treasurer. It should be noted that many times people pick up a qualifying petition and then do not turn it in, so all of the people listed may not be serious candidates. Also and on the other hand, there could still be candidates emerge who have not yet declared. 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 for the period ending Jan. 15th. 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.
"Link" is a link is a link to the candidates website or news items about the candidate. "(V)" meant the candidate has turned in a qualifying petition and the required number of names on the candidate's qualifying petition have been verified.
If the name is in italics that indicates that person is the incumbent.
I have made an effort to find out who the candidates are and have given a brief one-sentence bio on some of the them and if I could find a campaign website, facebook page or a news story about the candidate I have linked to that. 

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. I also welcome other press releases and position papers.

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 and leadership potential.  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) This person I assume is no longer running.
  • Melvin J. Barnes (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) (V) (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 a member of the Metro Council representing District 8. She is a member of the Republican Party State Executive Committee. (T) (QP) (V) (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.  (T)(D1))QP)(V). (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) (V) 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.(T)(D1)(QP)(V)  (link)
  • Bob Mendes, an attorney, chairs the board of Nashville Electric Service.(T)(QP)  (link)
  • 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. (T)(QP)(V)
  • Al Carota (link) (T)(QP) (V)
  • Ken Jakes
  • Erin Coleman. is President of YAD consulting.  (QP)
  • Frank Harrison, is currently a termed-out member of the Metro Council representing District 2.  (T)(V)
  • Sharron Hurt,  President and CEO of JUMP-Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, an organization dedicated to revitalizing the businesses on Jefferson Street and bringing commerce to the North Nashville Community.(T)(QP)(V) (link)
  • Leroy Johnny Ellis (QP)
  • Erica Gilmore, currently a district councilman representing District 19 and termed-out.  She is alos a State Representative.  (QP) link
  • Martin Holsinger. I assume this is the same Martin Holsinger who is a member of the Green Party who once ran for the State House. If not the same person, please correct me. (link) (QP)
  • Phillip Joseph Hosteller, Jr. (QP)
  • Jason Holleman, a termed-out Councilman representing District 24. He briefly ran for the State Senate in the  Democrat primary last year. (link) (link
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)(V)
  • 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) (T)(QP)
  • Rueben Dockery, he is a former candidate for the State Senate (link) (T) (QP)(V)
  • John H. Montgomery, (T) (QP)(V)
  • Johnathan Richardson, Democrat, (link) (T)(QP)
  • Jerry Stange, (QP)(V)
  • Roosevelt Williamson, A retired Air Force Major, he has taught Junior ROTC at Whites Creek High School for the last 21 years. Prior to teaching at Whites Creek, he had a successful career in the Air Force, primarily in Space and Missile career field, with assignments in missile operations, missile maintenance and missile test and evaluation. (link)(QP)
  • Sylvester Armour (QP) (V)
  • Nick Leonardo, several YMCA affiliations (link) (QP)
  • Lethia Mann (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)(V)
  • Decosta Hastings, He is a member of the Davidson County Democrat Party Executive Committeeman.(link) (T)(QP)
  • Danavan Hylton, President and Owner of Hoshana Management Group (link) (T)(QP)
  • Melvin Black, He is a former member of the Metro Council. (link) (T)(D1)
  • Charles Covington, (QP)
  • Laura Fortier, (QP)
  • Andre Southall, (T) (QP)
  • Bobby Stockard (T)
  • Ben Wiley (QP)
District 3.
  • Brenda Haywood,retired teacher, wellness consultant, Talk Show personality with 760 AM the Gospel Radio, (link) (T)(QP)
  • Helen Hughes, (T)(QP)
  • Timothy R. Coleman, (T)(QP)(V)
  • Myka Godwin (QP)
District 4.
  • Robert Swope, has had a successful career in the music business. He has leadership ability and
    Robert Swope
    is a strong conservative. Mr. Tuttle is also a good conservative but I have talked to Mr. Swope and believe he is the better choice of two very good candidates. (T)(QP) (link)(link)
  • Peter Tuttle, (T) (QP)(V)
District 5.
  • Joseph Zerbee, (T) (D1)
  • Scott Davis, he is the incumbent, If the choice boils down to Sarah Martin or Scott Davis, Davis would be  the better choice. T)(QP)  (link)
  • 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. (T)(QP) (link) (link) (link)
District 6.
  • Peter Westerholm, He is the incumbent and one of the more liberal members of the council (T)(D1)(QP)(link)
  • Brett A. Withers,, a community activist. If this is the choice, Withers would be the better choice.(T)(QP)(V) (link) (link)
District 7.
Steve Clements
  • Anthony Davis, he is the incumbent councilman. (T)(QP)
  • 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. (T)(D1) (QP)(V)  (link) 
District 8.
  • Nancy VanReece, (link) (link (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Ramona Gholston,(link) (link (T)(QP)
  • Chris Swann,works at Olympus Corp. and has spent more than 20 years in the medical field. He is a conservative (link) (link) (T)(QP)
  • Robert Sawyers,Sr., (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Danny Williams, (QP)
  • Nina Ground (QP)(V)
District 9.
  • Bill Pridemore, He is the incumbent seeking reelection. (T) (QP) (V)
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)(V)
  • 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 in early March 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 4-10-15.
District 12.
  • Steve Glover, He is the incumbent seeking reelection. (T)(QP)
District 13.
  • Holly Huezo, (QP)(V)
  • Furtesha Carter (T)(QP)
  • Mark Cole (QP)
  • Joseph Derryberry (QP)
District 14.
  • Kevin Rhoten, a former Tennessee state attorney and legislative liaison in Gov. Pill Bredesen's administration. (T)(D1)(QP) (link
District 15.
  • Jeff Syracuse,  retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. (T)(D1)(QP)(V) (link)
  • Eric Pearson. (QP) (Eric Pearson is blogger and his blog is
  • James P Garrett (QP)
District 16.
  • Tony Tenpenny,  He is the incumbent.(QP)
  • Michael Freeman. (T)(QP)(V)
  • Chris Austin, He is the son of former Councilman Jerry Austin. (QP)
District 17.
  • Christopher Cotton,an attorney and Vice Chair of the Davidson Coney Democrat Party (link)(link) (T)(QP)
  • 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, (link) (T1)(QP)
District 18.
  • Burkley Allen. She is the incumbent (T)(D1)(QP)(V)
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. (I will try to confirm that he is still running. He has taken no action.)
  • Amanda Harrison (QP)
District 20.
  • Marisa Frank, (T)
  • Frank Stabile (link) (T)(QP)
  • Mary Carolyn Roberts (link) (link) (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. A member of Budget and  Finance who asks good questions. (link) (T)(D1)(QP)(V)  
District 23.
  • Thom Druffel,(link) (link) (T)(QP)
  • Mina Johnson, very active in the West Meade neighborhood organization. (link)(T)(D1)(QP)(V)
  • 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)(V)
  • Jim Roberts, former Republican candidate for Chancery Court Judge. (QP)
District 24.
  • Allen Grant, (link) (link) (T) (D1)(QP)
  • Nick McGregor, (link) (T)(QP)
  • Kathleen Murphy, She is a government lobbyist and active in Democrat Party politics and the daughter of Mike Murphy. (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)
Davette Blalock
District 27.
  • Davette Blalock, The incumbent councilmember, A Republican.(link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Gary Clement Ledbetter, Jr., (T)(D1)
District 28.
  • Travis W. Danker, (link) (QP)
  • Melissa Smithson, (link) (T)(D1)(QP)
  • Tanaka Vercher, (link) (T)(D1)
  • Daniel Lewis, is Chairman of the Davidson County Libertarian Party. I like Daniel and have in the past contributed to his campaign for another office. I would like to see one libertarian in the Council, but am supporting Melissa Smithson(QP) (link)
District 29.
  • Karen Johnson. She is the incumbent Council member. I know and like Karen a lot.  Friendship would trump ideology unless her opponent was a very strong conservative with stellar qualities. Karen takes her duties seriously and is a good council member and is responsive to her constituents.  (link) (link)(T)(QP)
  • Vicky Tataryn (QP)
District 30.
  • Jason Potts, the incumbent council member. I hope someone jumps in this race. Potts needs an opponent. (link) (T) (QP)(V)
District 31.
  • Fabian Bedne, the incumbent council member.  No doubt Fabian Bedne is a liberal, but he scored a point with me when he took an extremely free market position of advocating removing the cap on the number of taxis allowed to operate in Nashville, something I have heard no conservative in the Council do. He also seems to be one of those Council members who carefully studies the agenda and ask good question. He returns phone calls and will listen to other opinions. Unless someone runs against him who has strong conservative views and ability, I would probably support Bedne's reelection. (link) (T) (D1)(QP)
District 32.
  • Jacobia  Dowell is the incumbent. She scored a point with me when she voted to "abstain" rather than vote for Metro benefits for same-sex couples. She also took what I consider a conservative position in advocating for a co-op taxi company to get more permits. She is thoughtful. Unless a challenger was conservative and had leadership abilities, I would support giving Jacobial Dowell a second term. (link) (T1)(QP)
  • Troy Moody, (T)(QP)
  • Gerald Proby, (T)(QP)
  • William Kissie, (T) (D1) (QP)
District 33. (This is the District represented by Robert Duvall who  is termed-out.)
  • Sam Coleman,  former Councilman, (T)(QP)
  • Jimmy Gafford, (T)(QP)
  • Timothy H. Herndon, (T)
District 34.
  • Steve Butler, on the board of Matthew 25 and on the  board of Stem Preparatory Academy, a charter school.   (link) (T) (D1)(QP)
  • 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)(V)
  • 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)(V)
  • 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)(V)

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