Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is actively exploring a run for Congress against Mark Green

Nashville Banner, November 1, 2023 - Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is actively exploring a run for Congress.

According to three independent sources, Barry is considering a race against Rep. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) for the 7th District seat. Barry, who resigned in 2018 in the wake of an affair with her security chief, has remained popular among Nashville voters even after she left office.

On Tuesday evening, Barry confirmed her interest to the Banner.

“Mark Green has been missing in action as rural hospitals close, the opioid crisis continues to tear families apart, he actively supports an extreme ban on abortion, and Congress does nothing about gun violence,” Barry said. “So yes, I have been urged by many people in our community to run and I am actively considering it. I don’t have a definitive timeline, but I will soon.” (Read More)

Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry weighing run for Congress

The Tennessean, Nov. 1, 2023- ... She resigned from the office in 2018 after pleading guilty to felony theft related to a nearly two-year affair with a former police bodyguard, Sgt. Rob Forrest. Barry was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation and agreed to reimburse the city for $11,000 in unlawful expenses. After completing three years of successful probation, the charge was expunged from Barry's record in 2021. .... 

Green is a physician and retired U.S. Army major, and was elected to Congress in 2018. He is currently chair of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee. He is an outspoken advocate of U.S.-Mexican border security, and military and veterans issues.

Green won reelection last year in the newly drawn 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of North Nashville and northwestern Davidson County, defeating progressive Nashville organizer Odessa Kelly 60% to 38%. (Read more)

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