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By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 19:15

Ahead of Tuesday's meeting of the Metro Council, Megan Barry held a press conference with a flock of current, former and future councilmembers, all of whom endorsed her.

The release:

More than 35 former, current, and future Council members have joined with Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors to endorse Megan Barry for mayor of Nashville.

"I want Nashville to continue moving forward and in order to do so, we must elect Megan Barry as our next mayor,” said Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors.

“I wouldn’t be standing here today unless I trusted that she had the best interest of all Nashvillians in mind,” said Councilmember At-Large Tim Garrett.  “She will ensure that everyone has a voice in how we grow Nashville over the next four years. I’m proud to endorse Megan Barry for Mayor and I would ask that anyone who voted for me in the past consider her as their choice to lead Davidson County into the future.”

“Being the first member of the Metro Council to serve as Mayor, Megan will have a unique perspective, insight and experience that will allow her to begin working for Davidson County on day one,” said Councilmember At-large Ronnie Steine.

“Over the last eight years, Megan Barry and I have partnered together on important legislation that has helped improve the lives of working families and grow our economy,” said Councilmember At-large Jerry Maynard. “I know that as mayor, Megan Barry will have an administration that reflects the diversity of Nashville, ensuring that there is equal opportunity for all.”

“It has been my great pleasure to serve for eight years as a Councilmember at-large with many of these amazing Nashvillians. As Mayor, I look forward to working with those who have yet to take office,” said Councilmember At-large Megan Barry. “I know that working together, we can continue to grow our economy, while tackling some of the tough challenges that growth brings. Together, we’ll keep Nashville moving forward.” 

After the jump, the list...

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 15:56

UPDATED at 7:15 p.m.: Barry's campaign provides a statement at the bottom.

First, a release from Fox:

As the voters of Nashville start making their way to the polls this week for early voting, they should know that only David Fox has the chief executive experience needed to lead the city of Nashville as mayor.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 14:12

Large out-of-state vendors have been touring state parks for months, Richard Locker reports, with an eye toward taking over management of state facilities.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 11:19

The Department of Correction provided lawmakers with vacancy numbers for the state's prison guards but there's bipartisan agreement that something is fishy.


By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 06:11

What role should the mayor play in picking the next director of schools?

“If they want me to help seal the deal with a really promising prospect, I’ll do that," Fox says. "But I’m not going to get my pet candidate and try to inflict it on them because that will be unsuccessful.”

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 06:05

The Haslam Administration has issued a request for information seeking proposals for private companies to maintain and administer virtually every state building:

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, August 17, 2015 - 12:46

Metro's new local hire amendment isn't thrilling Republican legislators.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, August 17, 2015 - 10:17

More of these coming of course:


By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, August 17, 2015 - 08:36

The bonhomie of the general election was unlikely to last, of course. Megan Barry and David Fox are going at it, as evidenced by the first forum of the runoff season.