Marilyn Robinson, the immediate past president of the Nashville chapter of the NAACP, told The City Paper Thursday she is leaning towards running for the Metro Council District 13 seat.
“I’ve been in public service for a long time,” Robinson said. “A lot of my friends have been asking when I was going to actually run to be an elected official and just take my service to another level.
“This may be the time,” she said. “I’m leaning in that direction.”
Robinson, re-elected as Nashville’s NAACP president in November, was suspended by the organization for unclear reasons in February. She has appealed the suspension.
Dr. John Arradondo is filling in as president.
Nashville attorney Walter Searcy, the legal redress chair for the state NAACP branch, said Robinson is still awaiting an appeal hearing.
“Although Marilyn is appealing, many of us are awaiting the outcome of that appeal to get some further clarification on what’s going on,” Searcy said. “In the meantime, the business of the branch is continuing.”
Robinson, who has served on the Nashville Electric Service Electric Power Board and as executive director of the Nashville Minority Business Center, would be running in District 13, parts of which adjoin Percy Priest Lake and include the Nashville International Airport.
Carl Burch, who is term-limited, holds the seat currently.
Robinson has picked up qualifying papers at the Davidson County Election Commission. To make her candidacy official, she must return 25 petition signatures by May 19.
Other candidates who have picked up qualifying papers to run are Tony Derryberry, Bob Farrar, Holly Huezo, Kent Sandidge and Josh Stites.
Election Day is Aug. 4.