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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:

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WPLN Staff

Nashville’s candidates for mayor have weighed in on dozens of topics, appeared in televised debates, and answered several inquiries from WPLN. But one listener, through our Curious Nashville project, suggested what ended up being one of the toughest questions: 

What long-term, generation-spanning policy would the candidates champion in office? 

Emily Siner / WPLN

Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University and American Baptist College: Nashville is home to more historically black colleges and universities than almost any other city in the country. But in a city known for its institutions of higher education, they often struggle for attention and resources.

So a curious listener asked WPLN to ask the four leading candidates for mayor: What specific policies would they implement for the city's HBCUs?

Nashville mayor's race 2019
WPLN Staff

In the Nashville mayor’s race, multiple claims made by candidates on their campaign websites rely on inaccurate statistics or arrive at simplistic conclusions.

WPLN reporters recently reviewed the leading candidates’ websites, finding varying degrees of problematic information from Mayor David Briley, state Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Councilman John Cooper and retired professor Carol Swain.

Nashville mayor candidates
WPLN Staff

Almost every year, the Tennessee General Assembly supports legislation that prevents cities from enforcing ordinances. The latest example is a law that curtails the powers of Nashville’s police oversight board.

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WPLN Staff

Sometimes, a predictable "job interview" question yields interesting answers.

In the third of three questions, WPLN asked the candidates for the at-large Metro Council seats to share a specific example of their past work.

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WPLN Staff

In the second of three question from WPLN, the candidates for Metro’s at-large council seats discuss one of the most prevalent Nashville struggles: the tension over which neighborhoods are receiving the most investment and services.

Nashville election
WPLN Staff

Voters across Nashville get the chance to vote for the Metro Council’s five at-large seats.

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Nashville voters go back to the polls as voting begins in Metro’s General Election. It features the race for mayor.

Courtesy of MDHA

Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has a long history in the city. It built the first public housing in the late 1930’s, then pivoted to more commercial endeavors like the convention center and a parking garage. 

Carol Swain candidate
Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville’s police chief is facing consistent criticism from the leading mayoral candidates, including one who says he should leave his position.