The Race for Mayor
At-large councilmember says middle class “voting with their feet” and leaving Nashville as she declares run for mayor
After two terms in the center of the city’s biggest debates, the District 19 councilmember says he is ready to tackle issues from transit to affordable housing to expanding the city’s investment beyond downtown.
In a town full of Democrats, the Republican hopes to make taxes and crime central to the race
Read a recap and watch footage from the Banner/Post/Scene forum as the field talks about housing, police and development and more
Nashville needs thousands of miles of walkways, pedestrian deaths are on the rise, and the city lost over $4 million in funding in a federal appeals court ruling. Too many Nashvillians know exactly where the sidewalk ends.
Nashville’s problem is simple: We need a lot more housing and we need it now. The solutions for the next mayor are not as simple.
It’s one of the easiest issues to invoke, but one of the hardest to address. Here’s what the next mayor faces.
John Cooper brought homelessness to the forefront with a $50 million “housing first” plan, then dropped out of the race. Candidates go on record with their plans.
As Nashville has grown, its transit system has drastically lagged behind peer cities. The next mayor will have their work cut out for them if they’re going to catch up.
If candidates want to be the “Education Mayor,” they’ll have to pick their spots. Also, the field goes on the record about Pre-K, vouchers, charter schools, local control and more
O’Connell sworn in at public ceremony, pledges new focus on transit, services
Judge David Briley administers oath in private ceremony; public inauguration to take place Saturday
ANALYSIS: The mayor-elect suddenly has a very full plate — and a lot of decisions to make — after being focused on just one thing for 18 months
The progressive mayoral candidate talks about race, policing, transit and what the city needs to move forward
The conservative mayoral candidate talks about taxes, Trump and why she thinks the city needs a change
Here’s who has declared public support for mayor, Metro Council at-large and district council
O’Connell and Rolli clash on education, state control and more during debate
Pro-Rolli PAC attacks O’Connell but makes claims on crime, taxes and defunding the police that don’t hold up
FOP endorses Rolli while firefighters go with O’Connell
Retired business executive chooses to support councilmember over Rolli
ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Stunted debate format leaves candidates with little time to expand on answers; Wiltshire endorses O’Connell
Victorious mayoral candidate will have just two weeks to have some of their administration in place
Rolli plays it safe with a closing ad that emphasizes a need for a new direction
O’Connell’s closing commercial plays it safe with a range of voices who are ‘ready’
Wiltshire’s final ad emphasizes his experience in affordable housing, but will it be enough to make a runoff?
Wiltshire leans hard into housing experience in an ad aimed at seniors and middle class
Gingrich’s latest ad goes after education and safety voters with some brutal truths from children
After having fun in his first spot, O’Connell goes traditional but nods to his vote against the Titans’ stadium
Jeff Yarbro takes aim at Democratic voters with appeals on abortion, gun safety and more.
Alice Rolli ties the property tax increase to issues with affordable housing, but there are larger forces at play.
Wilhoite says her experience — and willingness to pick up the phone — set her apart
The former Community Oversight Board member becomes the first at-large candidate to go on TV
Heidi Campbell gets the band back together for a 30-second spot
The veteran at-large councilmember and community leader’s initial ad is less about policy and more about personality
The Race for Vice Mayor
The West Nashville council veteran makes her case for a different approach to crafting policy, why she voted against the Titans’ deal and what she wants to change
After a tumultuous term, the vice mayor makes his case for better public engagement, a different committee process and four more years