Thursday, April 25, 2019

John Cooper Explains Why He Is Running for Mayor

John Cooper
by Stephen Elliott, Nashville Scene - ....Cooper says he expects to be his campaign’s biggest donor. And he doesn’t feel like he got a late start: Because there were so many elections last year, Nashville voters are just now starting to pay attention to the mayoral race, he speculates.....Cooper describes his constituency as “people who are focused on financial management and stewardship.”

....It’s time, he says, to shift from stoking the fire of Nashville’s economic boom, in part by incentivizing businesses, and instead embrace a new priority of supporting the residents who already live here.

 It’s time, he says, to shift from stoking the fire of Nashville’s economic boom, in part by incentivizing businesses, and instead embrace a new priority of supporting the residents who already live here. (Read the full article)

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thom Druffel announces run for Metro Council in District 23. Please support Thom's campaign.

Friends and Neighbors, 

I am running for Metro Council | District 23 (Belle Meade, Hillwood, Warner Park, and West Meade) AND I want your support to enhance and protect our quality of life in West Nashville.
Our city and neighborhoods are experiencing unprecedented growth and development. There are OVER 560* building permits in District 23 alone:

building permits map

The impact on our schools, infrastructure, and quality of life is telling:

  • Public lands and schools repurposed for development
  • Congested, deteriorating, and dangerous roadways
  • Broken public education system
  • Inadequate stormwater drainage systems
  • Old and deficient sewer systems
ALL of which create SAFETY concerns and LOWER property values.
We all pay significant property taxes. Are we getting the benefit? The Metro Council is the steward of that investment and the guardian of our community’s quality of life and resources. This council is the primary tool through which we can grow, protect, and enhance our neighborhood. That is why I am running for Nashville’s Metro Council.
Many of you know me, but for those of you who do not: I am not a braggart. However, it’s important that you are familiar with my background, my work, and why I am qualified to work the problems that threaten our quality of life in West Nashville. Please read through my website, become familiar with my experiences, achievements, recognitions, but most importantly my passion for community involvement and education.

If you still have questions and concerns, please email me.

My wife and I have raised our family in West Nashville since 2002, supported its public schools, served on its charities and committees, and attended nearly all its neighborhood and district meetings. We care what happens here—and know you do too.
We live in a divided culture that has lost its way in working together for the common good. With your support, we can rebuild that infrastructure of cooperation and find common purpose again. It begins here and today.
On August 1, please support me for your next District 23 Council Representative.
Together, we will preserve and enhance what is good in our neighborhood,
Thom Druffel
* Data and map from website / Includes: New Residential, New Commercial, Residential - Addition, Commercial - Addition, Commercial - Rehab, Building Blasting Permit, Commercial - Shell, Commercial - Foundation, Tree Removal Permit, Sign Permit, Commercial - Tennant Finish Out, Demolition Permit, Use and Occupancy, ( Does not include residential rehab )
Paid for by Thom Druffel for Metro Council – Tim Schwarz, Treasurer​

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Budget & Finance Committee FY19-20 Budget Hearings

Metro Press release - The Metro Council Budget & Finance Committee will conduct FY2019-2020 Operating and Capital Budget Hearings with Metro Departments during the month of May. All budget hearings will be conducted in the David Scobey Council Chamber.
Budget hearings will be aired live on Metro Nashville Network and
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

  • 4:00 p.m. - Trustee
  • 4:15 p.m. - Assessor of Property
  • 4:30 p.m. - Register of Deeds
  • 4:45 p.m. - County Clerk
  • 5:00 p.m. - Human Resources and Benefit Board
  • 5:15 p.m. - Municipal Auditorium
  • 5:30 p.m. - Sports Authority
  • 5:45 p.m. - Convention Center


David Scobey Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Historic Metro Courthouse
1 Public Square
Nashville, TN 37201

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Where are the candidates? Here is the list of those picking up qualifying petitions for Mayor, and at-large and district Council seats.

by Rod Williams, 4-22-2019 - Where are the candidates?  Only a few more people have picked up qualifying petitions in the last week to run for mayor, vice mayor, or a council seat. I know there are some incumbents intent on seeking reelection but they have not picked up qualifying petitions. I don't know why they are waiting to the last minute. I would want to let people know I was running and discourage a challenger, but maybe they have a different strategy. There are no districts where no one has picked up a petition but there are several where only one person has picked up a petition.

District 16 is a real disappointment. Only one person has picked up a petition and that is an extreme leftist by the name of Genny Welsch. Incumbent Mike Freeman, I understand, is not seeking reelection.  In 2006 Welsch ran an unsuccessful campaign against Congressman Jim Cooper. Welsch is often seen at left wing protest gatherings advocating the liberal cause of the moment. She has advocated for singled-payer universal health care, a minimum "living wage," and various other liberal causes. She was a founding member of the low-power left-wing radio station Radio Free Nashville.  Please, someone else needs to run in District 16. I would contribute to the cause of anyone to her right, which means almost anyone. It would be a shame if she won this seat unopposed. If anyone knows Mike Freeman, please encourage him to seek reelection. If you live in District 16, run!

In District 30, Sherry Jones is running. She is a former member of the Council and the State legislature. I would like to see her defeated. I like Lydia Hubbell but question her electability. I will be looking at the other candidates to see who has the best chance of beating Sherry Jones and as long as they are less liberal than she, I will be supporting that candidate.

In District 19, I am pleased to see Freddie O'Connell has picked up an opponent. I know nothing about the opponent, but would support almost anyone running against O'Connell.

At this time in the race for council at large,  I plan on voting for Steve Glover only.  One may vote for up to five candidates but to do so weakens the influence of your vote. You may think of it like this; voting for only one candidate is almost the equivalent of casting five votes for that candidate. Since John Cooper has announced he is running for mayor, this makes my decision to single-shot vote for Steve Glover easier.

Early on, after John Cooper announced he would not be running for mayor, I said I would vote for Carol Swain.  Since Cooper has reconsidered and is now running for mayor, I will be supporting him. I like Swain a lot but unfortunately, Swain is too closely identified as a social conservative. In liberal Davidson County, I just don't think Swain can be elected. Cooper has been one of the most vocal advocates for financial responsibility in the Council.  He is smart, grasp the issues and works hard.  As far as I am concerned, the state of Metro's finances is the most important issue facing the city.  We need John Cooper.

There are several districts where no one except the incumbent has picked up a petition or where the incumbent has not picked up a petition and only one person has. Please, if you know someone who lives in one of those districts with a liberal council member and no challenger or only one candidate and know the person to be liberal, please run yourself or encourage someone to run.

Below is the list of those who have picked up qualifying petitions to run for the office of mayor, vice mayor, at-large and district council seats as of Friday, April 19th.  Circled are the names of those I would vote for if these were the only choices and I knew only what I know today, the elections were today and I could vote in that contest.  We know that these will not be the only choices so my selections are  preliminary.  I may be changing my mind, depending on who else gets in the race. Some choices I have not made because I do anticipate someone else to get in the race who I know and who I know I would prefer. The list of those who have picked up qualifying petitions is updated every Friday by the election commission. You can access that list at this link.

One may pick up a qualifying petition up until the deadline for turning in qualifying petitions which is noon May 3rd.  That is only eleven more days.  I expected this list to be much longer by now. Maybe a lot of people will pick up qualifying petitions this week.  I hope so. Once a qualifying petition is submitted and the petition is approved, then a candidate may withdraw his name up until noon May 23rd. In that case the name would not appear on the ballot. If a candidate decides not to seek the office after the May 23rd deadline, the candidate's name would still appear on the ballot.

Early voting will began July 12, election day is August 1, and if a runoff is necessary it will be September 12th.

Please look over this list.  It is not too late to run. If you are thinking about running, it does not hurt and it doesn't cost anything to pick up a qualifying petition. If you then find someone else who you could support is running or someone else is too formidable for you to beat is running, you could simply not turn in the petition.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

In the races for District Council, who has the money and where did it come from (Part 2)

by Rod Williams - Below is information gleamed from an examination of Financial Disclosure forms filed with the Davidson County Election Commission. In listing who contributed to whose campaign, I listed those names that I recognized. I do not know everybody. There are many people in Nashville who are better informed than I about who the movers and shakers and influencers are. To view the campaign disclosures for yourself, follow this link
Those candidates who did not file a report were not required to because they had not appointed a campaign treasures in the first quarter and have not raised or spent money.   This is part 2 of this report. To see part 1, follow this link.

District 20

Tori Goddard raised $5,500, spent $1229.
Contributors: Unitemized contributions, which are contributions of $100 or less, comes to $1200; Goddard Construction $1000; Goddard Remodeling $1000; Chris Rampage an investigator with the State of Tennessee $1000; and another Goddard gave $500.

Mary Carolyn Roberts, the incumbent, raised $55,375 and spent $2,118 for a balance on hand of $53,258.
Her receipts include a loan of $10,000 from the candidate.
Contributions of interest:
  • Nick Bailey, attorney, $$250
  • Charles Robert Bone, attorney, $250
  • Roy Dale, developer, $1000.
  • Mark Deutschmann, realtor, $1000.
  • Bill Freeman, fund raiser for Democrats, former candidate for mayor, owner Freeman-Webb, $500.
  • H. G. Hill Realty PAC, $250.
  • Home Builders PAC, $500.
  • John Ingram, Ingram Industries, $1500.
  • Darren Jernigan, State Rep., $300
  • Bobby Joslin, Joslin Sign, $250.
  • Rogers Group, Inc, $1000.
  • Tom White, attorney, $1000.

District 21
Taylor Brandon received $2145 and spent $301. Unitemized contributions came to $1095. Taylor Brandon contributed $250 to his campaign. I do not recognize the names of other contributors.

District 22
Art Allen received $6340 and spent $805. I do not recognized any of his contributors.

Gloria Hausser received $4880 and spent $2663.

Contributors of interest:
  • Bill Freeman, yes The Bill Freeman, $500,
  • Gloria Hausser contributed $1000 to her own campaign.
  • Kay Bowers, MDHA board member and Ex. Dir. of New Level Community Development Corporation $200
  • Burkley Allen, Council person District 18 and candidate for at-large, $100.

District 24
Kathleen Murphy, the incumbent council member, has raised $31,226, spent $1972, for a balance on hand of $29,829.
Contributions of interest:
  • George Armistead $150
  • Bill Beck, State Rep. $750
  • Dewy Brandstetter, attorney, $350
  • John Bridges, writer with Nashville Scene, $250
  • Jack Cathon, Jacks Bar B Q, $500
  • Steward Clifton, former Metro Councilman, attorney, lobbyist, $400
  • Mark Deutschmann, realtor,$500
  • Penny Harrington, attorney, $375
  • Mike Murphy, Murphy Public Relations, father of the candidate, Tennessee State House of Representatives from 1970-1986, $100.
  • Bill Purcell, Former Nashville mayor, $150
  • John Summers, former Metro Councilman, community advocate, $300
  • LIUNA PAC (Laborers International Union of North America) $1000

District 25
Russ Pulley, the incumbent council member, began with a balance on hand of $13,156, raised $19,797, spent $2660 for a balance on hand of $30,293.
Contributions of interest

District 26
Courtney Johnston has loaned her campaign $1000 and has spent no money.

District 28
Tanaka Vercher, the incumbent, has her name listed on the campaign finance web site but there is no campaign finance report on the site.

District 30
Sandra Speluveda began with a balance on hand of $1,653, raised $4,119, spent $2,351 and did not do the math to show current balance on hand, but the reader can figure it out.
The only name I recognized among her contributors is Charles Robert Bone who gave $500.

District 32
Cheryl Mayes raised $6216, spent $4741 for a balance on hand of $1474. Her receipts include a $4000 loan to her campaign.
  • Vignina Pupo-Walker of Conexsion Americas and a School Board member gave $200
  • She had a donation of campaign tee shirts from Surreal Spice Creations valued at $750.
Joyce Neal had a campaign report dated 1/28/19 for the 8/12019 election but did file a report for the First Quarter. That January report showed no money raised or spent. Status of her campaign is unknown.
Joy Styles raised $3,966, spent $1,749 for a balance on hand of $2,217. I do not recognized the names of her contributors. Unitemized contributions come to $1,850.

District 34
Terry Jo Bichell raised $24,961, and spent $1,961. The candidate loaned her campaign $2000 and donated $1600 to her campaign. David Bichell of the same address, maybe her spouse donated $1600.
Contributions of interest:
  • Gini Pupo-Walker, Conexsion Americas, School Board member,  $250.
  • H. G. Hill Realty PAC, $500.
  • The candidate received several out of state contributions, from Florida, Vermont, Atlanta GA, and California.
  • Megan Barry, former mayor of Nashville,  $100.
  • Bryan Simmos of  Maryland, VP of Communications with the Arcus Foundation, $1,600.  Arcus Foundation is dedicated to supporting LGBT Social Justice and Great Apes & Gibbons Conservation.
  • A lot of doctors, lawyers and university professors donated to her campaign. 
  • Charles Robert Bone, Attorney, $500.
District 35
Dave Rosenberg, the incumbent, raised $19,705 and spent $98. He donated $5,000 to his own campaign.
Contributions of interest:
  • Bill Freeman, Former candidate for mayor, major fund raiser for Democrats, Chair of Freeman-Webb, $1,500.
  • James Thompson of Freeman-Webb, $500.
  • Ragan Smith PAC, $1,000.
  • Tom White, Attorney, $250.
  • Home Builders PAC, $500.
  • Waller Lansden PAC, $1,000
  • H. G. Hill PAC, $500
  • Ironworkers Local PAC, $1,500.
  • Jamie Hollin, former Council member, attorney, $750.
  • Powell for Tennessee, $250.

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