Why voters should care about the Nashville vice mayor's race
It comes without the fanfare of a mayoral race, but Nashville voters will also decide Thursday who will serve the role of vice mayor for the next four years.
Details: The race pits incumbent Vice Mayor Jim Shulman against Councilmember Angie Henderson, who was term-limited for her district council seat.
Why it matters: The vice mayor has the important, but unheralded, job of presiding over Metro Council meetings.
- If the mayor dies, resigns or is removed from office, the vice mayor is next in line to serve.
Between the lines: The vice mayor also assigns council members to committees, which determine who is in charge of vetting legislation. Choosing a chairperson for the budget and finance committee is an especially important appointment.
- The vice mayor doesn't actually vote on legislation, except in the rare event of a tie.
Be smart: Shulman served a combined 11 years on the council, from 1999 until 2007 and from 2015 until 2018.
- He won a special election for the role of vice mayor in 2018, edging out Sheri Weiner, and was re-elected in 2019.
- Read a Q&A with Shulman on the Nashville Banner's voters guide.
Henderson is a two-term council member representing a portion of western Davidson County.
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