The founder and Chairman Emeritus of the pro-life, pro-family group, Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson endorsed Carol M. Swain in her bid to become Nashville’s next mayor in the upcoming special election May 24.
“It is my pleasure to be among the many conservatives who are supporting Carol Swain’s candidacy for Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee,” Dobson said in a statement; adding:
Carol Swain is a brilliant woman of humble beginnings, who has the education, intelligence, and character to provide inspirational and Godly leadership for Nashville. She understands the importance of the institution of the family and just how vital thriving families are to building strong communities. She is a proponent of protecting the rights of home school parents and also recognizes that school choice is the key to improving both private and public education.
For years, I have joined millions of people across America in praying that God would raise-up leaders to restore this great nation. I am excited that Carol Swain answered that call and has stepped up to offer her services to the people of Nashville.
As a private individual, I am honored to endorse Carol Swain for Mayor, and pray that her election will be the start of a new generation of leaders who will return this nation to the constitutional principles upon which it was founded.
Swain is among several candidates vying to replace disgraced mayor Megan Barry. Among them are Barry’s Vice-Mayor David Briley and Metro Nashville City Council Member-At-Large Erica Gilmore.
According to the latest Tennessee Star / Triton polling, Swain is currently running in second place behind Briley, keeping him below the critical 50-percent-plus-one level, which could trigger a runoff election:
When asked “If the election was held today, who would be your choice for Mayor of Nashville?” poll respondents answered as follows:
43 percent said Acting Mayor David Briley
9 percent said former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain
7 percent said former radio talk show host Ralph Bristol
5 percent said Metro Council Member At-Large Erica Gilmore
3 percent said State Rep. Harold Love
1 percent said Jeff Obafemi Carr
32 percent said they were undecided
The Tennessee Star Poll of 607 likely voters in Nashville/Davidson County was conducted by Triton Research over a two day period between Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 in an automated telephone (IVR) survey and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
If no candidate has more than 50 percent of the vote on May 24, a runoff election between the first place finisher and second place finisher will be held on June 28.