After 30 Years Of Republican Representation, A Davidson County Statehouse Seat Flips Blue | Nashville Public Radio

After 30 Years Of Republican Representation, A Davidson County Statehouse Seat Flips Blue

Nov 14, 2018

A Democrat will be representing a part of Davidson County that, for 30 years, sent Beth Harwell to the state legislature. 

Bob Freeman was not sure how things were going to turn out.

He says he was outspent by Republican candidate Brent Moody and his supporters, still he was able to narrowly take the 56th House District seat.

“We burn a lot of shoe leather. We knocked on 25,000 doors," Freeman said. "We made thousands of phone calls. Had events all over the district.”

Freeman said he has always been a Democrat. His dad Bill Freeman is a prominent donor to the Tennessee Democratic Party who even ran for Nashville mayor in 2015.

But Bob Freeman says he ran on issues that appealed to Republicans as well — such as access to health care and bringing jobs to rural areas.

Unofficial results show Freeman won by about three points.

His victory should not necessarily come as a surprise. In the midterm elections, every county in the state trended Democratic.

House Speaker Beth Harwell says her district is not a Republican bastion, like many thought. She notes she had to beat a Democratic incumbent in order to represent the district.

“So the district has gone back and forth before," Harwell said. "But, I think that I was able to represent that district well not because I was super partisan."

She says she will work with Freeman to make sure he is a “good representative” for the 56th House District.