Candidate: Bob Nash

Metro Council District 27 

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Occupation: “I am a retired MNPD Police Commander. I work part-time for Music for Seniors performing at senior living facilities. I also currently serve as the Council member or Dist. 27.”

Previous candidacy/offices held: “Council Member for District 27”

Community experience: “I have served on the boards of the Nashville Prevention Partnership, Street Works, and the Andrew Jackson Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. I served as chairman of the McMurray Hills Neighborhood Association.”

What will be your top three priorities on the Council?

“Continue to maintain sound finances, Continue my support for public safety, Support public education.”

What is the biggest issue facing your district? How would you approach it?

“Public safety. Support continued recruitment of police officers. Support the MNPD’s police strategies. Work with neighborhoods on traffic calming.” 

Much of the city’s developmental focus, like plans for a new East Bank, have focused on downtown. What’s your vision for downtown?

“Downtown is a major revenue source for our city and a growing neighborhood. I will be looking for ways to balance the interests of our downtown and neighborhoods outside the downtown loop.” 

Did you or would you have voted to approve the new Titans stadium financing legislation?

“Yes. I saw it as a way to free the city from a large unfunded liability to the General Fund and transferring the expense of the Titans stadium to users of the stadium and yet to be developed campus.”

Does Metro need more police officers beyond the unfilled positions?

“Yes. We are a growing city with growing needs.”

What do you think of the current framework passed by the council around LPR (license plate readers) usage? Do you think Metro should allow facial recognition technology to be used downtown?

“It is my hope that the current LPR pilot program will demonstrate that they are a valuable tool for law enforcement that can be used respectfully, professionally and with sensitivity to citizen’s privacy interests. The rules set forth by Council are stringent. I think we need to get our citizens comfortable with the LPR technology before we begin to consider facial recognition. We still have many consider facial recognition.”

Do you think a property tax rate adjustment will be needed in the next 4 years? Why or why not?

“I do not believe so at this time.”

Do you view your role in the Council as leading your district on issues or simply reflecting the views of the district’s residents?

“I believe serving as a Council Member requires a combination of the two. Often, Council members are better informed about many of the complexities of an issue requiring us to inform and lead. We also must be listening to constituent concerns and acting on them.”

How do you view the relationship of the city and Council to the General Assembly in the face of adverse legislation from the state?

“I think the relationship in an unfortunate state. The super majority in the General Assembly is bullying Metro and other metropolitan areas, often with no good reason.” 

The city is experiencing an affordability crisis. What is the council’s role in creating more housing for buyers and renters in Nashville?

“We need to continue to incentivize the development of affordable housing and support for the Barnes Fund.”

What improvements do you think WeGo should make during the next four years? Would you back creation of a dedicated funding source?

“I will be looking with interest if a dedicated funding source can be found. It is a difficult subject in my district. We have had some routes cut due to lack of ridership. Anyone in my neighborhood has to walk a mile or more to get to a bus stop.”

Second-quarter campaign finance disclosure

Raised: $0

Spent: $40

Cash on hand: $6,536

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Pre-General campaign finance disclosure

Raised: $0

Spent: $0

Cash on hand: $6,536

Link to full disclosure here