Monday, December 08, 2014

Look who is runnng for Mayor and Metro Council (Update #3, a lot more candidates and many are filing treasurer's forms.)

"(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.
These are people who were once thought to be running for Mayor who have said they are not: 
  • Daron Hall, the Sheriff
  • William F. Carpenter III, Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals. (link) 
These are people I wish were running for Mayor, but have no indication they are. (If you know any of them, maybe you can encourage them to run):
  • 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. 
I did have on the above list the name of Tim Garrett and Emily Evans. I received nice comments from each of them. Tim Garrett said he had decided to pursue the office of Vice Mayor and Emily Evans said "my final campaign will be dedicated not to me but to what I think is an important change to the Metro Charter." 

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)
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. 
  • 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, linklink
  •  Lonnell Mathews, Jr., currently representing District 1 and termed out. He is African American (T)
  • Jim Shulman. (T)
These are the people who are running for a District council seats or are rumored to be running for District Council seats:

  • Ruby Baker, District 1, (T) 
  • Carrie Searcy, District 2 (T)
  • Bobby Stockard, District 2 (T) 
  • Joseph Zerbee, District 5 (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)
  • Nancy VanReece, 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.  
  • Kevin Rhoten, District 14, a former Tennessee state attorney and legislative liaison in Gov. Pill Bredesen's administration. (T)
  • Jim Garrett in District 15. (not announced)
  • Jeff Syracuse  in District 15. (T) (link
  • Larry Weakley,  District 17 (T)
  • Colby Sledge, District 17, a community activist, public relations professional with McNeely, Piggott and Fox and former employee of the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus. (T)
  • Paula Foster, District 17 (T)
  • Freddie O'Connell, District 19, President of the Salemtown Neighborhood Association, board member of Walk Bike Nashville. (T)
  • Brian Mason, District 19, He is, a Republican and an  international business consultant. He recently ran for the State Legislature (link)
  • Jim Roberts, District 23, former Republican candidate for Chancery Court Judge.(link)
  • Allen Grant, District 24 (T)
  • Kathleen Murphy, District 24 (T)
  • Jan Stinston, District 25 (T)
  • Melissa Smithson,District 28 (link) (T)
  • Angie Henderson, District 34 (T)
  • Lonnie Spivak, District 35, a Republican and a former Republican primary candidate for the 5th Congressional district. Lonnie has appointed a treasurer. (T)
  • Dave Rosenberg, District 35, a supporter of State Rep. and Council member Bo Mitchel and a supporter of School Board member Amy Frogge. He has several Bellvue community involvements. (link) (T) 

    Italics indicate termed limited.
    Who is

    Karl Dean
    Vice-mayor and President

    Megan Barry
    Ronnie Stein
    Tim Garrett
    Charlie Tygard
    Jerry Maynard

    Lonnell Mathews, Jr.
    Frank Harrison
    Walter hunt
    Brady Banks

    Scott Davis

    Peter Westerholm
    Anthony Davis

    Karen Bennett
    Bill  Pridemore

    Doug Pardue

    Larry Hager

    Steve Glover

    Josh Stites

    Bruce Stanley
    Phil Claiborne
    Tony Tenpenny

    Sandra Moore
    Burkley Allen
    Erica Gilmore
    Buddy Baker
    Edith Lancaster
    Shreri Weiner
    Emily Evans
    Jason Holleman
    Sean McGuire
    Chris Harmon

    Davette Blalock

    Duane A. Dominy
    Karen Y. Johnson

    Jason Potts

    Fabian Bedne
    Jacobia Dowell

    Robert Duvall
    Carter Todd
    Bo Mitchell

    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 

    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. 

    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.  

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