Jan 23, 2023 - News

Police and fire unions back Cooper for a second term

Photo illustration of Nashville Mayor John Cooper with lines radiating from him.

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios; Photo: Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images

Unions representing Nashville police and firefighters are backing Mayor John Cooper in the upcoming mayoral election.

  • The endorsements cited Cooper's support for better pay and equipment for the city agencies.

Why it matters: Cooper has not formally announced a re-election bid yet. But the pair of early endorsements could help him build a case for a second term.

What they're saying: In a statement, the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police said Cooper had "demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the promotion of public safety and those who are responsible for maintaining it."

  • "He has consistently stood with the men and women of the MNPD, and we are proud to stand with him in the next election."
  • The announcement said Cooper's support for "the most competitive salary, benefits, and attractive working conditions possible" gives Nashville police an edge in recruitment and retention.

Danny R. Yates, president of the Nashville Fire Fighters & Fire Service Employees Association IAFF Local 140, called Cooper "the leader our city needs."

  • "We've seen him commit unprecedented financial support to the department — prioritizing our members after a decade of underinvestment."

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