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Election 2019

Nashville voters will make selections this summer in the contests for mayor, vice mayor, and all 40 seats on the Metro Council, as well as two proposed amendments to the Metro Charter. Early voting runs from July 12 through July 27, with Election Day on Aug. 1.

For additional information about the ballot and polling places, visit Nashville.gov/vote.
This page captures ongoing WPLN coverage. Stories of note include interviews with the leading mayoral candidates:

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / WPLN

Nashville voters have chosen a new mayor.

Metro Councilman John Cooper defeated incumbent Mayor David Briley by about 40 percentage points, with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Nashville’s mayor-elect said he will prioritize funding neighborhoods that have not received the benefits of the city's growth.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Councilman John Cooper will be Nashville's next mayor.

During early voting, he came in more than 40 points ahead of incumbent Mayor David Briley, who already conceded to Cooper minutes after the first results came in. 

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WPLN Staff

In the runoff, voters in Nashville are selecting four at-large Metro Council members from eight who qualified. Deciding which ones to vote for reminds us of sifting through a pile of applications to find the right person. 

So we've been asking the candidates the kinds of big-picture questions you might get in a job interview. 


In one-on-one conversations with WPLN's Tony Gonzalez, Mayor David Briley and Councilman John Cooper share their thoughts on the big issues facing Nashville this election season — including policing, transportation and managing the city's growth. And you'll hear analysis from Tony Gonzalez and reporter Meribah Knight. 

Chas Sisk / WPLN

The runoff for Nashville mayor kicked into higher gear over the weekend, as incumbent David Briley and Metro Councilman John Cooper went head-to-head for the first time.

At a far-ranging debate organized by the faith group Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, or NOAH, the two battled over the direction of the city — and which candidate had shown a commitment to addressing its problems.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Before Councilman John Cooper ran for mayor of Nashville, he was a perennial thorn in the side of Metro government, giving a hard no to a number of the city’s high-profile development plans and openly criticizing many Metro agencies.

It turns out all that naysaying resonated with the voters.

Cooper came out ahead of incumbent Mayor David Briley in 85% of the city’s precincts, according to voter analysis by WPLN. Cooper’s success was, in part, his ability to channel residents’ frustration with the state of neighborhoods.

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Staff / WPLN

Metro Councilman John Cooper enters the runoff for mayor as the early favorite to unseat incumbent David Briley. Cooper seized a 10-point lead in the first round of voting, but the next six weeks leading up to election day on Sept. 12 will be crucial to both candidates.

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Of the Metro Council’s 35 district seats, more than a dozen will have fresh faces after Thursday’s election.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Metro Councilman John Cooper dealt a surprising blow to Mayor David Briley's bid for a full term, seizing a 10-point lead in the first round of voting.

Cooper won 35% of the vote with  all precincts reporting. Briley received about 25% of the vote, setting up a head-to-head runoff between the two candidates.

Nashville Election Results Live Blog

Aug 1, 2019
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Sergio Martinez-Beltran / WPLN

Nashville voters are making key leadership decisions in today’s Metro General Election. Follow along for updates on the results, dispatches from WPLN reporters in the field, and comments from the mayoral candidates.