Nashville Mayoral Candidates Look to Repair Strife Between State and Metro

As part of a recent questionnaire that WKRN gave to Metro Nashville mayoral hopefuls, the candidates had the opportunity to tell voters their plans to work with the State and repair the strife that has been growing in recent years.

The 10 candidates who participated in the recent Mayoral Forum hosted by WKRN all submitted answers.

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Clint Brewer’s Winners and Losers of the Week: Winners, Nashville Press and Freddie O’Connell, for Two Weeks in a Row, Loser Ron DeSantis

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed recovering journalist Clint Brewer in studio for another edition of Clint Brewer’s Winners and Losers of the Week.

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Metro Nashville City Council Member Bob Mendes Endorses Freddie O’Connell for Nashville Mayor

Metro Nashville Council Member (At-Large) Bob Mendes endorsed fellow council member Freddie O’Connell as the next mayor of Nashville.

In January, The Tennessee Star reported that current Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced that he would not seek re-election, leaving the race wide open. O’Connell was one of the first to announce his candidacy for the position.

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Clint Brewer Analyzes the Nashville Mayoral Race

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed recovering journalist Clint Brewer in studio to handicap the Nashville mayoral race and discuss the financial and notoriety of candidates in the growing field.

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Jim Gingrich Leads Nashville Mayor’s Race in Fundraising, Data Shows

New Data by the Davidson County Election Commission compiled by Axios shows how much cash each candidate running for Nashville Mayor has on hand through the first quarter of this year.

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Nashville Metro City Councilman Freddie O’Connell Talks About His Educational and Professional Background

Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Freddie O’Connell, a Metro City councilman and Nashville mayoral candidate, in studio to discuss his education and professional background.

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All-Star Panelist Clint Brewer Reviews Announced and Potential Candidates for Nashville, Davidson County Mayor

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer in studio to discuss the announced Nashville mayoral candidates and their possibilities of winning.

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Baxter Lee Comments On Candidates for Nashville 2024 Mayoral Race

Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed former TN5 GOP candidate Baxter Lee in studio to handicap the mayoral candidates for Nashville’s Davidson County.

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Nashville Councilman Freddie O’Connell Announces Plan to Run for Mayor in 2023

Metro Nashville Councilman for District 19 Freddie O’Connell announced, according to The Tennessean on Thursday, that he plans to run as Nashville’s next mayor in 2023.

O’Connell has been a councilmember since 2015, serving the downtown and Germantown area of Nashville.

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Metro Nashville City Council Approved Downtown Sales Tax Increase

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Metro Nashville City Council approved a resolution increasing the sales tax for downtown businesses. The .25 percent tax increase will go into effect July 1. According to the Metro Nashville Finance Department, the estimated revenue from this increase amounts to at least $2.4 million. 

Per the state law, certain businesses are exempted from the sales tax increase: professional services, transient lodging, tickets for sporting or other live events, alcoholic beverages, newspapers or other publications, and overnight or long-term parking. 

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Metro Nashville City Council Considers Street Parking Overhauls: Implementing License Plate Scanners to Eliminating Free Parking on Sundays and Holidays

Metro Nashville City Council is considering a complete overhaul of street parking through a proposed “Smart Parking Program.” The legislation would overhaul the current street parking system (located as item number 44 under Bills on Second Reading). It would allow contractors to enforce parking violations; shift court date notifications, payment systems, and notice methods to a web and text message-based system; and implement license plate scanner technology. It would abolish free parking on Sundays and holidays, the use of coin-operated meters, and free parking perks for carbon neutral vehicles. 

The bill also insisted on updating the term “meter maids” to “parking enforcement patrol.” The sponsors of the bill are Council members Freddie O’Connell, Robert Nash, Tonya Hancock, and Ginny Welsch. 

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Three Council Members Want Nashville Police Chief to Resign

Several council members in Tennessee have called for the resignation of a police chief after warrants were issued for two community activists and then later rescinded.

Metro Council member Freddie O’Connell last week urged Nashville Mayor John Cooper to request the resignation of Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, news outlets reported.

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Nashville Health Department to Continue Sharing COVID-19 Patient Data with Law Enforcement

The Metro Public Health Department in Nashville will still provide COVID-19 patient information to first responders and law enforcement.

Metro Public Health Director Michael Caldwell said the practice is “temporary,” but that it’s working, WPLN reported Thursday.

“This is an emergency,” he says. “This is critical, timely, life-saving information that has reduced and contained the spread of this disease within our medical institutions and within our jails. I’m puzzled by why the state reversed course.”

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Nashville Buses Get $9 Million, Despite Apparent Lack of Use

Federal taxpayers will hand over more than $9 million so Nashville officials can replace the city’s fleet of buses for its public transportation system. This, despite a recent WSMV investigation showing Nashvillians don’t use existing buses as often as one might assume. According to a recent U.S. Department of Transportation…

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