LaLonde won't run for re-election to Metro Council

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 10:43am
Staff Reports

District 18 Metro Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde isn’t seeking re-election.

LaLonde, elected two years ago in a special election to replace outgoing councilman Keith Durbin, announced her decision to not run again come August in an email to constituents, writing that she would like to spend more time with her family.

“My time on the council has been one of the greatest opportunities of my life,” LaLonde wrote. “I have been honored to serve a neighborhood and city that I love and to act as your representative to the legislative body of our community. I am continually amazed by the energy, dedication, and insight of my constituents.”

LaLonde represents neighborhoods near Vanderbilt and Belmont universities.


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12 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 1/13/11 at 10:16

It doesn't take long for some of the brightess to become
disenchanted with political office, or teaching school!
Truly too bad for all of us! Best wishes!

By: global_citizen on 1/13/11 at 11:04

Let's keep in mind that Kristine represents the area around Belmont University and is also employed by Belmont University. The wishes of the university and the wishes of the neighborhood are often at odds. When she campaigned, Kristine pledged that she would remain impartial and not let her employment by Belmont influence her in her role as Council representative.

In the wake of the controversy over Belmont's firing of Lisa Howe, I think Kristine has found that pledge impossible to fulfill. Many constituents in District 18 understood that before the election. It's too bad Ms. LaLonde only realized it after the fact.

By: producer2 on 1/13/11 at 2:53

could not agree more govskeptic. It's sad...

By: JeffF on 1/13/11 at 3:23

Yeah, government officials should not have private sector jobs. It makes them incapable of independence. They should live entirely on the taxpayer meeting planners and welfare queens.

By: spoiler on 1/13/11 at 3:41

Kristine, another friend and I had dinner in early November. She made a definitive statement at that moment that she was leaving council, something she had been talking about for some time (as she states in her email). This was weeks before the Belmont story broke. I'm sure there are plenty of her supporters that can speak to similar conversations they had with her during the fall.

Nice to know that those who have fought her every step of the way, and have fabricated her motivations and history, will continue to do so even as she announces her departure from the Council.

By: nashpar on 1/13/11 at 3:48

Kristine Lalonde was one of the smart ones. Losing her is a loss for the city. Whenever you have council members with brains they seem to get jobs that take priority because the smart ones are career minded. when they find out the trickery and games that are played, if you are honest and family minded like kristine then reality hits. She is smart, articulate and has worked hard. agree with you govskeptic.

By: producer2 on 1/14/11 at 8:36

Why don't you put yourself out there and run for office. See how it feels to be scrutinized for your every move even with the best of intentions and hard work. Sure there are less than desired motives for some, but for every one of those there are 10 who do actually care and are not all about having the job (which pays very little) This council person is one of those who truly cares and did a great job for her district and the City. As a nation we keep saying we want better people in these positions and then when we get some we push them away. typical...

By: yogiman on 1/14/11 at 9:49

It wasn't mentioned how long Ms. LaLonde has served in office. I firmly believe all political offices should have term limits. I served on my old County Quarterly Court back in the 70s. My considerations on all issues was for the county first, and my district second. I was gone after two terms. Let another resident serve their district. Then they learn fast what it is like to take the BS from their constituents and what "serving your neighbors" is all about.

By: C.George on 1/14/11 at 11:41

Kristine has accomplished a lot in her time serving Dist 18. She clearly won the election and run-off. She would have easily won again if she would have run. There is only a hand-full of people that think it's their way or no way that have raised the Belmont issue. Everyone else knows what a good job she has done responding and listening and calling back constituents, unlike the last two council persons we had.

By: global_citizen on 1/14/11 at 1:53

I have nothing against Kristine personally. I see her often and like her as a person. But I told her when she campaigned, and still believe this today, that I did not feel she could be employed by Belmont University while also adequately and impartially representing the neighborhood and residents around Belmont.

I think she sincerely believed at the time that she could, but I'm fairly certain she no longer feels that's true.

I don't necessarily think she's leaving office simply over what happened at Belmont. District 18 is a demanding neighborhood with residents who expect a lot of accountability and action, of which I am one. But the combination of being a demanding post and the disillusionment about being able to serve impartially has no doubt taken the wind out of her sails.

By: JeffF on 1/14/11 at 5:21

I actually support her. Sorry my sarcasm did not make it across. This is a huge loss to Nashville. I blame the people who were concerned that her job would prevent her from representing the district. She did a great job. Like it or not, Belmont is a part of that district and its needs have to be addressed along with those of the individual people. I am afraid it is not the the spectre of a large private employer that bothered a lot of critics, it was that the spectre was Christian and conservative and not fitting in with the gentrifiers who now live among us.

By: producer2 on 1/15/11 at 10:34

thanks for the clarification.