Council members Crafton, Coleman qualify for at-large runs

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:09pm

Term-limited district Metro Council members Eric Crafton and Sam Coleman have officially qualified to run for council at-large seats. 

Each had earlier told The City Paper he was considering a run. Both turned in the required petition signatures earlier this week, days before the May 19 qualifying deadline.

“After a lot of thought and careful consideration, and encouragement from family and friends, I’ve decided that I’m going to run,” said Crafton, who represents parts of Bellevue.

Crafton, who has developed a name as one of Mayor Karl Dean’s fiercest critics and for pushing an unsuccessful "English-only" referendum, lost last year in the Juvenile Court Clerk’s race. He had been considering a mayoral run prior to Councilman Michael Craddock’s entrance into the mayor’s race.

Coleman, who represents parts of Antioch, lost last year as the Democratic nominee in the state House District 60 seat to Republican Jim Gotto.

Coleman could not immediately be reached for comment.

The arrival of Crafton and Coleman adds two more to a list of at-large candidates that includes all five incumbents: Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine, Charlie Tygard. An incumbent at-large member has never lost a re-election bid.

Other at-large candidates include Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite, Renard Francois, Ken Jakes, Donna Crawford, Charles Townshend Jr., and Keith Speer, among others.

Election Day is Aug. 4.

3 Comments on this post:

By: knowthycity on 5/18/11 at 8:47

I would bet good money this tradition is about to end this year:

"An incumbent at-large member has never lost a re-election bid."

I cannot see a scenario where at least two of the five aren't thrown out. If things line up exactly right, that number could be as high as three. Remember, to avoid a run off requires at least 10 percent of the overall vote for a council-at-large candidate.

The next council will bear little semblance to this one, and that's a good thing.

By: budlight on 5/19/11 at 6:58

Donna Crawford is a highly intelligent woman who is always up on the current events in any neighborhood in Nashville.

By: not_guilty on 5/19/11 at 5:57

I have seen the assertion several times that an incumber at-large member has never lost a re-election bid. My memory may be imperfect, but I think that in 1975 Paul Ackerman unseated Johnny Beazley in a runoff election.