Metro Councilman Jason Holleman now has an opponent who figures to be a capable fundraiser and formidable challenger for his District 24 Sylvan Park-area seat.
Sarah Lodge Tally, an attorney at Miller & Martin, announced Monday morning she has qualified to run for the seat. Last week, Tally told The City Paper she was considering entering the race.
“This district needs a responsive leader who will listen to the varied interests of residents and businesses, and who will advocate for every neighborhood,” Tally said in a statement.
Serving as Tally’s campaign manager is Russell Reibeling, son of Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling. Dave Goetz, former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, is serving as Tally’s campaign treasurer.
Tally is the daughter of prominent lobbyist and attorney Dick Lodge, who practices at Bass Berry & Sims.
Holleman, known as one of the council’s progressives, voted against Mayor Karl Dean’s convention center project and never saw eye-to-eye with the mayor on redeveloping the fairgrounds. Given that history, Russell Riebeling working as Tally’s campaign manager is certain to raise some eyebrows.
Goetz is the husband of McNeely Pigott & Fox partner Katy Varney, who recently became chair of the Board of Fair Commissioners.
Holleman told The City Paper he is "proud of my record" representing District 24's various neighborhoods.
"I intend to work hard this summer to earn the privilege to continue representing them on the council," he said.