District 18 council candidate to run TV ad in unusual move

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 12:12pm

In a highly rare move for a district Metro Council race, District 18 candidate Burkley Allen has released a television ad.

In the commercial, Allen says, “Leadership is about preparing for the future for Nashville, for District 18.” The ad is airing on 11 stations, which include the various national news cable networks, according to campaign manager Richard Exton Jr.

Historically, district candidates who have enough money to pay for television time tend to shy away from doing so. The fear has always been more people outside than inside a candidate’s district would see the commercial. Money is better spent on mail-pieces, conventional wisdom suggests.

But Exton said the Allen campaign was able to target its audience. 

“Comcast actually breaks the city up into six different zones,” Exton said. “It’s sort of like a pie shape coming out of downtown. One of the six zones happens to perfectly encompass District 18. So, we were able to purchase ad time for as little as $2 a spot.”

Exton declined to reveal the total amount spent on the ad.

At the most recent financial disclosure deadline, Allen reported having $24,000 on hand. To air a television commercial, she undoubtedly raised more funds since then.

District 18 includes the politically active Hillsboro-West End and Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhoods. David Glasgow is Allen’s lone opponent. The current representative is Kristine LaLonde, who opted to not run for re-election.

Contacted by The City Paper, Glasgow said he doesn’t plan to go on television, adding that his campaign is sticking to “grassroots” activities.

“I plan on talking to voters one-on-one at every opportunity,” Glasgow said. “We’ve got a plan and we’re working our plan.” 

Early voting runs through July 30. Election Day is Aug. 4. 

7 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 7/22/11 at 2:48

If Allen is a "yes sir Mr. Mayor" person, I doubt that she paid for the ad!

By: Heyman on 7/22/11 at 6:09

Guess using paid canvassers, who know nothing about you, qualifies as "grassroots".

By: govskeptic on 7/22/11 at 6:22

Leadership in a District Council race is not near as important as is the simple task
of Representing the wishes of those you represent. This district sure has a large
group of wacky voters, so good luck to whomever the victor!

By: global_citizen on 7/22/11 at 7:07

I'm very curious, gov. What, in your opinion, makes the voters of District 18 so "wacky"? Seems like a pretty baseless and ignorant charge.

By: Heyman on 7/22/11 at 7:56

Wacky? What makes Dist 18 Voters wacky? The District is the most politically active in the county. If caring about good government, knowing the issues and voting is wacky, then I am proud to be called wacky.

By: govskeptic on 7/22/11 at 8:40

global citizen:

Having read your postings along with several others over a period of time and issues I can tell are from that area brought me to the "Wacky " conclusion. Yes, I know it's a
politically active area and top subscribers to "Your so Nashville-If ", I forgot a large
number of pretty "thin skinned" posters as well!

By: bfra on 7/22/11 at 8:54

If Dean is re-elected, that means there are a lot of "Wacky" voters!