About 150 members of the city's political class gathered at Cabana Monday night for the Post's inaugural Lawmakers & Groundbreakers event, which was sponsored by Adams and Reese, AT&T and the Tennessee Charter School Center. A packed room of state and local officials, candidates for office and political junkies were on hand to pay tribute to three honorees: former councilwoman and mayoral candidate Betty Nixon and education power couple Randy Dowell of KIPP Nashville and Shani Jackson Dowell of Teach For America. A straw poll of three upcoming, high-profile races was held and attendees voted for their preferences in the Nashville mayor's race, the state senate race for the 21st district and the U.S. Senate race. Details of the poll can be found here.