Bedne becomes first Hispanic to win seat on Metro Council

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 10:28pm

Fabian Bedne edged James Widrig Thursday to become the first Hispanic to win a seat on the Metro Council since the body was formed in 1963.

Bedne, of Argentinean descent, won the race for south Davidson County's District 31 by a 683-617 margin.

Throughout the campaign, Bedne downplayed his Latin American heritage, saying he wanted to represent all citizens living in the ethnically diverse District 31.

"I think it speaks very well of Nashville," Bedne said. "People looked at my qualifications and my track record. I don't think my background played a major role in the race. People want somebody who will work for them and who they can trust."



6 Comments on this post:

By: willtw on 8/5/11 at 2:59

yes, right! NOT

By: macjedi on 8/5/11 at 6:42

CONGRATS to Fabian! Nashville is growing up so nicely!

By: treehugger7 on 8/5/11 at 8:24

Congrats, Fabian! The times, they are a changin'. Bout damn time!

By: Avi Poster on 8/5/11 at 4:47

Nashville will be a better community ... and South Nashville will be best represented ... with a man of Fabian Bedne's intellect and heart in office. His win is a win for all of Nashville.

By: san r on 8/5/11 at 5:03

that didn't take long. go fab. i think i remember dean adopting argentina as a "sister" city. then dean appointed an hispanic clerk to take the place of a white female after her 27 years of on the job training. what is it that seems misaligned with history about all this? perhaps it is my perception that all blacks are as worthless and unwanted as is president Obama. so in actuality, racism is ever ascending and always promoting equality for any race other than blacks. kicking blacks under the bus became a no-no when blacks versed whites so now the hispanic game-plan is being implemented. has there ever in the history been a black female appointed to the supreme court? some of us see right through it, others don't have time to pay attention. you can fool some of the people some of the time BUT ********.

By: mnpseducator on 8/7/11 at 8:59

San r - what is the hispanic game plan? Do you honestly think that in order for Latinos to be successful, then blacks must be less so? I'm curious to know why you think that a Latino being elected to Metro council is bad news for blacks in Nashville? Have you met him? Heard him speak? Know what he stands for? He is a strong advocate for all of Nashville just like Jerry Maynard is, just like Ronnie Stein is. Out of many, one - lets solve problems together. Bednes' success does not preclude a black woman from being elected or appointed to any office. If anything it makes it more likely...