Candidate: Yolanda Hockett

Metro Council At-Large


Occupation: “Juvenile Corrections Administration” 

Previous candidacy/offices held: “None”

Community experience: “Ran for office Metro Council District 2 in 2019, President of the Haynes Trinity Neighborhood Coalition, member of National Hook up of Black Women, Board member/ Program Committee Chair Rebuilding Together Nashville, Board Member of the Varnell Foundation legacy builders generation, Executive Committee member of NAACP, Member of Suicide prevention task force, former member of Disportionate Minority Confinement task force, Member of Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church( former President of the Scholarship Ministry andYoung Adult Women Success Ministry., Outreach event Coordinator, puppet ministry member, Bible study teacher”

What will be your top three priorities on the Council?

“Youth, Housing, Economic opportunities”

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

“My vision for downtown is that it is inclusive for all people. Smart development that benefits the people that live here and not just the tourist. More family friendly businesses/attractions/ areas.” 

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

“Yes if youth benefitted from it, housing for all income levels and the creation of economic opportunities for Nashvillians” 

Does Metro need more police officers beyond the unfilled positions?


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?

“I agree with the current framework passed by council around LPR usage. Yes” 

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

“Yes because the value of homes are increasing and our city is growing more funds will be needed for water and sewer improvements, public safety, education, roads and highway construction and other services that benefit the community . This could possibly be lessened by making developers pay an impact fee to build in our city to fund services that benefit the residents of Nashville.” 

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 view my role on the council reflecting the views of the residents in the city of Nashville .A voice/advocate for people.” 

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

“It is a relationship that needs rebuilt. The General Assembly needs to respect democracy..”

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

“Increase funding for the Barns Fund, work with developers to provide more  income based housing, partner with non profits to preserve housing, preserve historical neighborhoods, regulate rental prices, partner with religious organizations that own land” 

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

“Offer various forms of transportation at odd hours and more covered bus stops throughout the city. Yes” 

Second quarter campaign finance disclosure

Raised: $4,849

Spent: $5,830

Cash on hand: $878

Link to full disclosure here

Pre-General campaign finance disclosure

Raised: $3,205

Spent: $2,931

Cash on hand: $1,152

Link to full disclosure here