Nashville lawyer John Ray Clemmons announced Tuesday his candidacy for the District 18 Metro Council seat Kristine LaLonde currently holds.
LaLonde recently announced she will not seek reelection.
Clemmons, an attorney with Chaffin, Burnsed & Blackburn, PLLC, ran unsuccessfully against LaLonde in 2009. Keith Durbin, the District 18 representative at the time, stepped down to take a job as IT director with Metro government, prompting a special election.
District 18 includes much of Hillsboro-West End, Hillsboro Village and Belmont-Hillsboro.
“Kristine has represented our community with distinction since the special election in which she bested me and two of our neighbors,” Clemmons said in a release. “I deeply respect both Kristine’s service on the council and the reasons for her decision not to seek reelection. Like all public servants, Kristine is to be applauded for her willingness to serve and work tirelessly to improve our community.”
Clemmons said District 18 residents require a responsive councilperson who is “competent and willing to handle every issue from a neighbor’s barking dog or a pothole to traffic, public safety and the complex budgetary issues facing our city.”