Douglas Henry endorses Fox

The long-time Democratic state senator backs his man:


“I have watched this race closely, and I am convinced that David Fox will be a great mayor for Nashville,” Sen. Henry said. “David Fox has both the business and government experience we need to move this city forward in a responsible way.  I am proud to endorse him, and encourage all my friends and neighbors to support him.”

Fox said he deeply values Sen. Henry’s endorsement:  “Senator Henry is a true statesman and gentleman of the highest order, and I am honored to have his support.”

“Few public servants have meant more to Nashville, Davidson County and indeed, our entire state, than Sen. Henry. He has always conducted himself with great respect and affection for others. And his ability to set aside partisan differences to get things done for our city and region is something we can all learn from and emulate,” Fox said.

Fox said the Henry and Fox families have been close for many years, and he said Sen. Henry was always the kind of fiscally responsible public servant that taxpayers knew they could trust.

“Sen. Henry cared deeply about his constituents, and he has been a real champion for those less fortunate. But at the same time, he was also always a great steward of our tax dollars. That kind passion to help others combined with the common-sense to spend wisely is something we both share, and the kind of approach I will bring to the job as mayor,” Fox said. “I am grateful to have Sen. Henry’s confidence and support.”

Aug 26, 2015 12:33 PM

So why didn't Freeman endorse Barry?

The NBJ has sources that say Bill Freeman wanted a promise of jobs for his backers (including Mike Turner) in the Megan Barry administration. Barry allegedly demurred:

Here's how Freeman responded when I repeated the quid pro quo sources outlined to me: “That’s not entirely accurate. We did have a meeting. I decided not to endorse anybody. If she wants to talk about it, that’s up to her.”
Sean Braisted, a spokesperson for Barry’s campaign, acknowledged Freeman and Barry met to discuss the runoff. “It was a personal conversation between Megan and him. They had the meeting in confidence,” Braisted said. “We’ll leave it at that.”

“Megan has said from day one that she hasn’t promised jobs to anyone,” Braisted added. “In terms of the actual conversation, unless Bill Freeman wants to talk about it, we want to respect his privacy.”

Aug 26, 2015 11:56 AM

Republicans look but don't touch Nashville mayor's race

After David Fox's visit to Jack Johnson's fundraiser, Andrea Zelinski checks in with Republicans to see what they are doing with the Metro mayor's race. TNGOP exec Brent Leatherwood sums it up:

“We need to see, can we be helpful? Is it necessary for us to get involved? Those are questions that we ask pretty much anytime that there’s a race out there that folks are talking about,” said Brent Leatherwood, the party’s executive director who has taken an active interest in the mayoral race on Twitter. He says that interest is that of a taxpayer, not from his role in the party.

“I want to make sure that if we were to engage in any race in the state of Tennessee, that we are going to do so in a meaningful way. We haven’t arrived at that point with this particular race, that’s all,” he added.

What Leatherwood is saying without saying it is echoed by other Republicans in the post: being overtly involved might do more harm than good for their preferred candidate who they aren't naming (to borrow a phrase from Speaker Harwell: "at least publicly").

Aug 26, 2015 7:08 AM

Freeman's back at work, miffed at the Chamber

A really good interview with Bill Freeman from the NBJ, in which he doesn't equivocate:

I've seen that legislation the council passed [in pursuit of new zoning that would set a goal of making 14 percent of new units qualify as "affordable" and "work force"]. That is a terrible idea. It's well-intentioned, but that's not the way to attack the problem.
We need to make it attractive to develop affordable housing, not mandatory. Incentives will do that. And it needs to have a timeline, maybe a 10-year lifecycle, where after that point, the developer could rent those units at market rates. I am confident you could get several thousand units online, and then of course you'd have other projects come along later with their own 10-year requirements. I think that's fair because it is not something short-term, but we also wouldn't be requiring developers to do it for a lifetime, either.

Aug 26, 2015 7:08 AM

Dueling fairgrounds endorsements

Save Our Fairgrounds (which apparently still exists despite having already saved the fairgrounds) endorsed David Fox:

Nashville’s Save Our Fairgrounds organization today announced their endorik,sement of David Fox for Mayor with a unanimous vote.

The mission of Save Our Fairgrounds is to preserve, manage and promote the Tennessee State Fairgrounds as a world class, multi-use, historic public assembly facility near downtown Nashville.

“David realizes the importance and heritage that this property brings to the city of Nashville.  He will work with all interested parties, including the Fairgrounds, the neighborhood and the larger community on improving and revitalizing the Fairgrounds and all its current uses,” said Duane Dominy, current Metro Nashville council member, and Vice-Chair of the Save Our Fairgrounds organization.

“We appreciate David’s openness to bring an upfront, inclusive and transparent process regarding future metro projects and developments – with public buy-in and support,” Dominy continued, “David Fox is a leader with a vision for Nashville that includes preserving the treasure that is the Fairgrounds.“

“The Fairgrounds is important to the continued revitalization of the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood,” David Fox said.  “During my childhood, we’d visit the Fairgrounds for birthday parties and events, and it continues to be an attraction for our family and many others in our community.”

Fox said he will not come to neighborhood leaders with a set agenda, but intends to be a catalyst to bring together all the parties that need to be around the table to build a vision for what works best for the future of the neighborhood and the Fairgrounds.

“My process will be to engage the Racetrack and Fairgrounds community – along with experts on Fairgrounds, racing experts, fans and neighbors to come together with ideas – to create a vision and a plan that we can follow to improve and modernize the Fairgrounds.”

Megan Barry, though, got the endorsements of the fairgrounds vendors:

The Nashville Fairgrounds Vendors Association has announced their endorsement of Megan Barry to be Nashville’s next mayor.

“Megan Barry has committed to investing in the fairgrounds property to ensure that it remains a gem for our community,” said Dick Dickerson, President of the Fairgrounds Vendors Association. “Most of our members live in Nashville, and they want a mayor who will not only invest in the fairgrounds, but also invest in our public schools, our transportation system, and help make sure that Nashville remains affordable. Megan Barry is the clear choice on all of those fronts.”

The Fairgrounds Vendors Association represents over 1,000 vendors who participate in the Nashville Flea Market held at the Fairgrounds Nashville.

“I’m honored to receive the support of these entrepreneurs and small business owners who represent the fabric that knits our city together,” said Megan Barry. “I look forward to working with the vendors association and Fairgrounds Nashville to make sure that we are investing in this property so that it remains something we can be proud of for generations to come.”

The Fox endorsement hit the inbox at 4:05 PM; Barry's came in at 9:40 PM, if anybody was wondering.

Aug 26, 2015 6:56 AM

Correction officials say mistakes were made on incident reporting

Department of Correction officials said they didn't get everything right when reporting incidents.

Aug 25, 2015 2:08 PM

Barry camp hangs 'national issues' charge on Fox, criticizes 'hob-knobbing' with Republicans

Script flipped?

Mayoral candidate David Fox spent Sunday afternoon in Williamson County with area Republicans and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker.

“Clearly, David Fox is more focused on the GOP presidential contest than he is on the mayoral race,” said Sean Braisted, communications director for Megan Barry. “Now that he’s hob-knobbed with Scott Walker, will Fox be spending this weekend with Donald Trump?”

Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Congressman Diane Black and other suburban Republicans were also present at the annual fundraiser for Senator Jack Johnson.

“David Fox went to Williamson County to get the endorsement from a Republican State Senator who has repeatedly undermined Nashville’s ability to govern itself,” said Braisted.
Among Sen. Jack Johnson’s list of accomplishments are:
•             Allowing guns in Nashville parks (SB1171)
•             A bill intended to ban a citywide minimum wage (SB1327)
•             Opposing the Nashville local hire charter amendment, which voters passed with 58 percent support, while threatening state action if the city tried to enforce the law.

“This election offers a clear choice. Megan Barry is a progressive coalition builder, endorsed by former Governor Phil Bredesen, who believes the people of Nashville know what’s best for Nashville. David Fox is a conservative Republican who seeks out the support of a lawmaker who has worked diligently to undermine the will of the people of Nashville. That may work at the Williamson County Republican Party, but it’s not the Nashville way,” said Braisted.

Aug 25, 2015 10:44 AM

The candidates talk faith

The Tennessean talks to the mayoral candidates about how their faith informs their lives and their public service.

Aug 25, 2015 7:00 AM

An informal ticket and a defense of faith

Megan Barry defended herself against shadowy charges she's an athiest and formed something of an informal ticket with Erica Gilmore, Lonnell Matthews and Sharon Hurt.

Aug 24, 2015 2:14 PM