Apr 6, 2023 - Politics

Special Metro Council meeting called to fill Justin Jones' seat

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Rep. Justin Jones' absence from the state House could be short-lived.

State of play: Vice Mayor Jim Shulman called a special Metro Council meeting for Monday to announce the vacancy of the District 52 House seat.

  • The announcement typically begins a four-week period for council members to nominate an interim replacement. But Shulman tells Axios that if the council rules are suspended, a vote could be held Monday night and Jones could return to his old job.

The intrigue: Multiple Metro Council members have pledged to appoint Jones, who was elected to office last year after rising to prominence for leading protests against police violence and other issues.

  • Shulman tells Axios he agrees Jones should return to the state House.

What's next: After an interim House representative is appointed by the council, a special election to fulfill the term will be set by the Davidson County Election Commission.

  • Jones is eligible to run in that election.
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