Allen beats Glasgow in tight Belmont-Hillsboro district race

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 11:20pm

Burkley Allen, a former neighborhood association president, narrowly won the Metro Council’s politically progressive District 18 seat, besting opponent David Glasgow by a 960-928 vote.

The percentage breakdown was 51-49.

The district seat, currently held by outgoing Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde, includes the Hillsboro Village, Belmont-Hillsboro and Hillsboro-West End areas.

“We’re thrilled that our hard work paid off, that we ran a grassroots campaign and worked on each vote one person at a time,” Allen said.

In the final weeks, Mayor Karl Dean made a minor political play in the race, popping up on mail pieces for both Allen and Glasgow.

“I’m pleased that as a district, we ran a clean race, and I’m looking forward to working with everybody now that we know the results,” Allen said.

10 Comments on this post:

By: 37212Commuter on 8/5/11 at 11:38

Calling the race that the Allen campaign ran a "clean" one is stretching the truth by a bit from what I understand from friends and neighbors based on their experiences with representatives and canvassers from her group, but congratulations to her on her win nonetheless.

By: 37212Commuter on 8/5/11 at 11:39

Calling the race that the Allen campaign ran a "clean" one is stretching the truth by a bit from what I understand from friends and neighbors based on their experiences with representatives and canvassers from her group, but congratulations to her on her win nonetheless.

By: NashvilleVote on 8/5/11 at 11:39

Having your campaign worker inside the polling location talking to voters is a clean race?

Your campaign going around telling people that Glasgow is a republcican is a clean race?

Having your husband yell at people when they take down your signs is a clean race?

Man- wow- what a clean race you ran.

By: NashvilleVote on 8/5/11 at 11:43

Also- has anyone look at the new district map? She lobbied to have her three streets (that are on the other side of 440) added into the district so she could run for the open seat. The district had never been on that side of the interstate before.

By: Heyman on 8/5/11 at 12:18

NashvilleVote calm down. What part of re-districting do you not understand?

From my memory district 18 had several re-districiting options presented. Who did she lobby? Do you have information that she lobbied for the inclusion?

The fact that she entered the race late and won is very impressive. Don't diminish the hard work she did.

You are a bitter poster. Move on.

By: 21standBlair on 8/5/11 at 2:34

Funny how NashvilleVote complains about things like the Republican accusation - based on David's campaign manager Krissa Barclay sending his voting record to the press two years ago when she was Kristine's campaign manager - (http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/district-18-candidate-glasgow-voted-republican-primaries) - and the district map - the first proposed one had David out of the district, but I'm sure none of his supporters lobbied to keep him in! This and absurdities like "she hates Karl Dean" and "she's in the Tea Party" were thrown at her throughout the campaign by folks like NashvilleVote (and no, I'm not saying you did that, but your post shows your mind works that way) because they wanted a coronation and not a contest for the seat. Well, as Heyman said, move on. Your candidate lost. Perhaps if you and others like you hadn't been so interested in disparaging Burkley online and elsewhere your candidate would have gotten the votes he needed to win.

By: NashvilleVote on 8/5/11 at 5:47

21standblair,

Burkley Allen voted in the republican primary in 2008. She also gave her 250 dollars to Phil Roe for the 2008 election. Glasgow has never given money to republicans. Who is more republican? They are equal. Glasgow never gave money to a republican candidate.

By: 21standBlair on 8/5/11 at 6:01

So? You care about that more than I do. David's record showed he regularly voted in GOP primaries, but that's not why I was for Burkley. She didn't win on that just as he didn't lose on that. And my point, to make it clear, is that one of the people now working for him set that in motion two years ago when she was working for someone else, though you're trying to blame Burkley or her surrogates. You're just a sore loser.

By: richgoose on 8/6/11 at 8:09

Anytime I see someone running as "neighborhood activist" I get a little nervous. We have a neighborhood activist on Woodlawn that thinks the boys from MBA speed on Woodlawn which could not be further from the truth because the traffic is so thick they cannot speed.

By: 21standBlair on 8/6/11 at 9:34

That's what the media calls her, but she was a twice the president of the HWEN board (we've had past councilmembers who've been from that and the BHN boards) and she's not the type you understandably are wary about. We had two candidates who were well-qualified to do a good job for us.