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Mayor 2019

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In a season of mayoral forums, Nashville candidates had a rare chance to loosen up this week.

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At a forum for mayoral candidates Monday night, three of the leading contenders talked about what they would do on the issue of deportation.

It was a pointed question from one of the city's leading immigrant rights organizations, aimed at getting the candidates to commit to taking steps in their first year to combat the federal government’s aggressive approach.

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One of the easiest things to complain about in Nashville is traffic, but what to do about it is a more difficult question for the candidates for mayor.

In recent interviews, WPLN asked the candidates what their first moves would be on transportation. Many of their answers are more about easing congestion — but not necessarily through mass transit.

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If you had the opportunity to ask a question of all the mayoral candidates, what would it be? WPLN wants to hear it — and there's a good chance our reporters will relay your question directly to the candidates before voters choose the next mayor on Aug. 1. 

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Nashville’s candidates for mayor took their time getting TV ads on the air. But this week, ad buys have suddenly jumped — with three candidates making their moves.

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As Nashville’s Metro Council works to finalize the city budget, members will be debating whether to raise the property tax. As that conversation swirls — and after a succession of tough budgets — WPLN asked the four leading candidates for mayor whether they’d be willing to allow a tax hike once elected.

Carol Swain candidate
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In Nashville’s mayoral race, one leading candidate paints herself as “the outsider.” Carol Swain says she never intended to be a politician, but she’s running again after placing second in last year’s special election.

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Among the youngest contenders in Nashville’s mayoral race, Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is trying to position himself as a charismatic leader that he says the city has been lacking.

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At-large Councilman John Cooper is known for his obsession with transparency and sound fiscal policies. It's a skill set Nashville needs now more than ever, he argues, which is why is why he’s running for mayor.

David Briley
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Nashville Mayor David Briley wants to make the case to voters that he navigated the city through a turbulent year and that he has fresh ideas for what he would do in a full term in office.