Nashville Mayor David Briley has reportedly picked up eight more endorsements as he seeks re-election as mayor.
This, according to The Tennessean, which reported these endorsements come from elected officials within the Nashville Metro government.
“Six Metro Council members and two members of the Nashville school board announced their support for Nashville Mayor David Briley this week,” according to the paper.
“Metro Council members Freddie O’Connell, Colby Sledge, Nancy VanReece, Anthony Davis, Brett Withers and Bill Pridemore announced they are backing Briley along with school board members Christiane Buggs and Gini Pupo-Walker.”
As The Tennessee Star reported, former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen came forward in June to endorse Briley for reelection.
According to Briley’s past social media posts, Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry, LGBTQ Activist Eric A. Patton, businessman Charles Robert Bone, and former YWCA President Pat Shea have already endorsed his reelection.
As reported last month, the Nashville Business Alliance Political Action Committee also endorsed Briley. The PAC reportedly advocates for women-and-minority-owned businesses.
Briley’s opponent in the September 12 general election is At-Large Council member John Cooper.
The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Cooper.
On the night of the primary election, Cooper told a crowd of several hundred people that if he’s elected mayor then teachers, police and firefighters will get better pay.
Nashville residents, Cooper added, will get better infrastructure.
That is all part of what Cooper called “effective progressivism.”
That night Cooper got 35 percent of the vote as he seeks to replace Briley. Briley, meanwhile, got 25 percent of the vote, according to the Nashville Election Commission’s website.
Cooper said more than 70 percent of voters want a new direction for the city, and they said as much by voting for someone other than the incumbent mayor.
“We need a mayor who is committed to recruiting and retaining the best of our city because this city needs a lot to get done,” Cooper said.
“While we’re at it, let’s find the courage to pause and consider what we should preserve, what we should honor about what made Nashville special all along.”
Cooper also told the audience that “city finances are out of balance” and that shouldn’t go on “in this time of our greatest boom.”
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “David Briley” by David Briley. Background Photo “Nashville City Hall” by euthman. CC BY-SA 2.0.