Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Who is running for the office of Vice Mayor?

Soon, probably August the second, we will be headed back to the polls to elect a vice mayor for the city of Nashville. The August second date is also the date of the state primary when Democrats and Republicans will be voting for their candidates for governor and senator. 

The vice mayor presides over the Council  and is next in line to serve as mayor should a vacancy occur in the office of mayor. The vice mayor only votes in the case of a tie in the council, but has enormous influence by virtue of being the person handing out committee assignments.  When Mayor Barry resigned due to being caught abusing her position, related to an extramarital affair with her bodyguard, David Briley was elevated to the office of mayor.  Sheri Weiner who was serving as speaker pro temp was elevated to roll of acting speaker but is only serving in that roll until there is an election to fill the position.

Several candidates have announced an interest in the position. In an article in today's Tennessean, Joey Garrison list these council members as eyeing the position: Sheri Weiner, Jeremy Elrod, Bob Mendes, Burkley Allen, Erica Gilmore, Sharon Hunt, Jim Shulman and Antony Davis.  He provides a short profile of each.  Other candidates could emerge. If the election were today, I would vote for Sheri Weiner.

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