Sep 7, 2022 - Politics

Nashville at-large council candidates eye 2023

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The field is already beginning to form for next year's critical at-large Metro Council races, with just two incumbents vying for reelection.

Why it matters: The five at-large council members represent all of Davidson County and wield significant influence on the issues handled by the city's legislative body.

  • Councilmembers Bob Mendes and Sharon Hurt are term-limited. Councilmember Steve Glover resigned from his seat earlier this year following health issues.

Driving the news: Councilmembers Burkley Allen and Zulfat Suara confirmed to Axios they intend to run for reelection.

  • Councilmember Jeff Syracuse, who represents the Donelson area, is term-limited for his district seat but announced last month he is running at-large.
  • An executive with the music rights organization BMI, Syracuse has focused on music industry-related issues and preservation during his eight years on the council.

Be smart: Incumbent at-large members carry enormous advantages when they run for reelection. In fact, an incumbent at-large council member has never lost a bid for a second term in at least the last 20 years.

The latest: In addition to candidates currently serving on the Metro Council, political newcomer Tony Chapman has filed to run for an at-large seat next year.

  • Chapman, a Republican, tells Axios he was inspired to run after getting to know former Councilmember Tony Tenpenny.
  • "I think sometimes the ordinary, average, run-of-the-mill citizen doesn't get represented," Chapman says.
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