A pocket of South Nashville near Percy Priest Lake begins voting Wednesday for a new representative on the Metro Council.
Council District 29 needs to choose again because former Councilwoman Karen Johnson was elected last year as Register of Deeds.
The four candidates in the special election are:
- Nick La Mattina, owner of long-running Angelo’s Picnic Pizza in Antioch
- Delishia Porterfield, a special education coach with Metro Schools
- Constance Smith-Burwell, who serves on the boards of the Tennessee State Employees Association and Davidson County Democratic Women
- Vicky Tataryn, a registered nurse and neighborhood association leader who twice before challenged for the council seat
Johnson and several council members are backing Porterfield, 36, who is also a licensed minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Prior elections show the contest could be decided by about 2,000 voters.
Early voting is taking place for two weeks, solely at the main office of the Davidson County Election Commission at 1417 Murfreesboro Pike (early voting includes evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and two Saturday morning options).
Regular polling places will be open on the day of the special election, Feb. 12.