Former Vanderbilt professor and nationally known conservative Carol Swain has qualified to be on the ballot for the special mayoral election in Nashville.
“I am excited about the opportunity to offer Nashville voters a common sense approach to moving Nashville forward,” Swain said in a statement released by her campaign on Wednesday announcing her qualification as a candidate for Mayor.
The statement added:
“Politics as usual won’t create more and better jobs, make our community safer, and keep taxes low. My common sense agenda of protecting our citizens, watching every penny we spend, and insuring that Nashville is working to attract new businesses and help grow the ones already here is the right prescription for our future.”
“Common sense tells us not to spend more than we have or buy things we can’t afford,” Swain said. “The $9 billion transit tax scheme that will cost too much and fail to actually improve traffic congestion or the conditions of our roads is a prime example of some officials putting profit – political or financial – ahead of common sense decision-making. We need better decisions if we want better results.”
Swain told The Tennessee Star she visited the Davidson County Election Commission on Tuesday to confirm that the signatures on the petition she filed Monday were sufficient to qualify her for the ballot. An official from that office called her late Tuesday to confirm that there were enough signatures of registered Davidson County voters on her petition to qualify her for the special mayoral election ballot.
The filing deadline for candidates is noon on Thursday.
Swain joins Acting Mayor David Briley and Metro Council Member-at-large Erica Gilmore as the third credible candidate to qualify for the ballot.
The election is currently scheduled to be held on August 2. That date could change, however, pending the outcome of a legal challenge which the Tennessee Supreme Court will consider on Monday. The Court could select one of three possible dates for the special election: May 1, May 26, or August 2.