Candidate: Martez Coleman

Metro Council District 8


Occupation: “Mortgage Banking”

Previous candidacy/offices held: “None”

Community experience: “Community Southeast Easter Egg Hunt and Nashville Inner City Mininstry”

What will be your top three priorities on the Council?

“Crime, Infrastructure and development”

District candidates only: What is the biggest issue facing your district? How would you approach it?


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

“Take better control on what’s going on downtown as far as development”

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


Does Metro need more police officers beyond the unfilled positions?

“Yes absolutely”

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 would need more information on this issue”

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

“No answer”

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


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

“We need to find a way to work together”

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

“I don’t know now how to answer this. However, it’s gotten out of hand.”

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

“no answer”

Second-quarter campaign finance disclosure

Raised: $12,327

Spent: $4,544

Cash on hand: $8,783

Link to full disclosure here

Pre-General campaign finance disclosure

Raised: $11,650

Spent: $18,419

Cash on hand: $2,598

Link to full disclosure here