Councilwoman files legal challenge to stop recall election

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 2:08am

Before District 5 Metro Councilwoman Pam Murray begins a campaign effort to stay in office, she’s attempting a legal challenge to prevent a November recall election from happening at all.

Murray is seeking to have the special recall election enjoined by way of a Chancery Court suit filed last week. Chancellor Ellen Hobbs will hear Murray’s complaint at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Constituents from Murray’s East Nashville Council district began a recall effort following a string of murky incidents and news reports surrounding the second-term Councilwoman.

Murray’s legal challenge alleges that the recall notice filed with the Metro Clerk is different from the postcard petitions signed by some of the District 5 residents. The postcard petitions mentioned that Murray lives in Michigan, where she works as a social worker at a methadone clinic.

Murray has denied that charge, insisting she lives in Nashville but travels outside the city as part of her work. Murray’s attorney filed affidavits from District 5 residents who signed the recall petition, but wanted their names off the signature list once they were told Murray does, in fact, live in Nashville.

Besides the allegation she lives out of town, Murray also supported a controversial zoning proposal to turn a former Cleveland Street junkyard property into an apartment building. Neighbors vocally opposed the proposal, which was eventually withdrawn.

Murray also was involved in a skirmish with fellow Councilwoman Karen Bennett following a community meeting. Bennett filed a police report alleging she was intimidated by a group, including Murray, but no charges were ever brought.


8 Comments on this post:

By: alex24 on 9/25/09 at 5:31

it does not matter where she lives. She is dishonest, unstable, and an embarassment to District 5

By: house_of_pain on 9/25/09 at 6:11

Why would anyone want to be in a place where they are obviously not wanted?
Even if she were to win, there will be constant hassle for the rest of her term.

By: CP102 on 9/25/09 at 7:31

it has been reported over and over again by the media that she lives and works in Detroit. She should sue them.

By: karman37206 on 9/25/09 at 7:57

Let the process work and give CM Pam Murray a chance to defend her job. She is obviously not the low-life she's made out to be or she wouldn't have been elected to two terms in the Metro Council. The council lady only has a short time left to represent the people of her district who have sent her to office twice. If f our tax dollars are going to fund this "hoopla" then everyone in Nashville - not just those who live in her district - has a vested interest.

When someone wants your job, they will leave no stone unturned - and if it's's Katie bar the door!!!

By: millenboy on 9/25/09 at 10:23

Here is what the Detroit news has to say.

Detroit Sunshine Methadone

By: CP102 on 9/25/09 at 10:47

Karman 37206 it is obvious you have never had to deal with her. How can the process be allowed to work when she is sueing to stop the election?
If you will look back at the news reports from the last election you will see she was accused of killing her oponents pet dog. Sounds pretty low-life to me.

By: Time for Truth on 9/26/09 at 9:31

If she does actually sleep every night in Nashville she must have a bunch of frequent flyer miles!

If the election is being held in November is it not at the same time as the general election? If not, it should be.

By: terry r payne on 9/27/09 at 9:33

she's my kind of woman! trashy, ignorant, and has connections to feed my addictions.