At-large candidate critical of foe's 'single-shot vote' request

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 1:15pm

A candidate for Metro Council says he’s “disappointed” one of his opponents is urging supporters to consider casting only one vote in the at-large election.

Renard Francois, an attorney running for one of the council’s five at-large seats, issued a press release Tuesday that calls attention to an email authored by Councilman Eric Crafton in which Crafton asks supporters to consider voting only for him to help ensure the election of conservatives.

Term-limited from his Bellevue-area district seat, Crafton is trying to make it as an at-large member. Davidson County residents can vote for as many as five at-large candidates. Election Day is Aug. 4, with early voting beginning July 15.

“Obviously, I would love for you to ‘SINGLE SHOT’ me IF you don’t have another At Large candidate you support,” Crafton’s letter reads. “If you do have another candidate to support, please support all of us. This technique used properly will drastically increase the chances of conservatives being elected to At Large positions.”

In a statement, Francois said he’s “surprised and disappointed” that a sitting councilman would encourage supporters to “manipulate the system.”

“By advocating a "One and Done" method, he is effectively discouraging voters from exercising their full voting rights and supporting candidates who can move our city forward,” Francois said in the statement.

Contacted by The City Paper, Crafton pointed out he has asked for a supporter’s lone vote only if he or she doesn’t have other candidates he or she is backing.

“What I said was if you have no one else you’re in favor of, no one else that you support, and the only person you know or support is me, then just push my button,” Crafton said. “Don’t blindly push the button for four more people you don’t know about.

“Renard Francois, had he taken the time to read the email that I sent out and if he had a better understanding of the way the voting process works in the council race, wouldn’t have weighed in on a non-issue and instead would have talked about some of his policies,” Crafton said. 

16 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 7/5/11 at 11:58

It does not make any difference what he wants, we tthe people will vote as we please.

By: bfra on 7/5/11 at 2:27

What Crafton said, makes better sense, than voting for someone, either you don't want or don't know anything about.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/6/11 at 5:49

This is Crafton’s only way to be elected. In a countywide race he has no support or fans outside his district.

If we want a really true count, it should be on a district by district majority. The ones caring the most districts are declared the winners.

By: tv8527 on 7/6/11 at 9:48

I love how the libs say move our city forward when they actually mean tax there asses off.we need conservatives in office to counteract what the mayor who's running without opposition will try & do to us in his next term.

By: bfra on 7/6/11 at 10:40

IF Karl is re-elected, taxpayers had better get their check books out. Hell hath no fury will be applied to, "Karl didn't get his way with the Fairgrounds, after putting forth all that effort to have his selfish way"!

By: SirKnight on 7/6/11 at 11:30

I don't live in Crafton's 22nd District, yet I support him. I know for a fact he has a lot of support from conservative voters all over the county. Whether or not they vote for him is another issue. If he garners enough votes to put him in the top five of At-Large candidates, he deserves to take his new seat in the Council.

To want to change the rules to have to win the majority of districts instead of earning the most votes is ludicrous. If we changed the way the POTUS is elected to win the most states instead of by popular or electoral votes, we would never again see a progressive liberal win the Presidency!

By: girliegirl on 7/6/11 at 2:47

SirKnight, they've been pushing this "idea" forever, and it's been "practiced" at voting booths (where I heard the voters SAY they did it) since the early 90s.

By: SirKnight on 7/6/11 at 3:41

girlie, I'm not referring to the voting only for one specific candidate strategy. I'm referring to Captain Nemo's suggestion we go to a district-by-district majority vote to keep Crafton from possibly winning the At Large election.

By: macjedi on 7/6/11 at 5:48

Crafton is a hateful fool. He is not representative of this city's polite and welcoming spirit and he is only carrying out a self-serving effort to become a rising Neoconservative star on a national scale. PLEASE Nashville do NOT help him make the next step. He's a tool. We have enough of them already.

By: macjedi on 7/6/11 at 5:50

Oh and if you don't know anything about other candidates, LEARN ABOUT THEM! Why do people (and news articles) propagate the notion that you should not and cannot learn more? It is NOT HARD people.

No wonder elections are such jokes.

By: budlight on 7/7/11 at 5:52

By: macjedi on 7/6/11 at 6:48
Crafton is a hateful fool. He is not representative of this city's polite and welcoming spirit and he is only carrying out a self-serving effort to become a rising Neoconservative star on a national scale. PLEASE Nashville do NOT help him make the next step. He's a tool. We have enough of them already.

Actually macjedi, he is not "hateful" nor is he a fool. He is a well educated man who graduated from vanderbilt as Magna Cum Laude. I think he is an asset to any project he works on in and around nashville.

You are so welcome to your opinion however wrong it may be.

By: Kosh III on 7/7/11 at 6:06

"LEARN ABOUT THEM! Why do people (and news articles) propagate the notion that you should not and cannot learn more? It is NOT HARD people."

But it is difficut. In my district there are 3 candidates, only one has a website, the information there is vague; full of platitudes. I've never yet had a candidate come to my neighborhood seeking votes.
Maybe your district is different but don't criticize people for wanting to know more and expecting the media to help inform people.

By: govskeptic on 7/7/11 at 6:47

That's a tactic built into the system, so why should Mr. Crafton not implore his
supporters to use it.? Makes more sense in voting for all at large candidates
especially if you know nothing about 2-3 of them!

By: geotenn on 7/7/11 at 8:10

Renard Francois, an attorney running for one of the council’s five at-large seats is to my knowledge politically moderate. Eric Crafton on the other hand has shown himself to be, in my opinion, a radical conservative with his English only program.

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.": Samuel Adams

By: shef2 on 7/7/11 at 1:32

Eric Crafton is a narcissist. (My opinion.)

It would be nice if ALL of the candidates provided a "printer-friendly" paragraph of their views & projections, SOMEWHERE-!
At least that would give people a base to start, and then be able to learn more about that particular candidate...

By: macjedi on 7/16/11 at 10:37

I'll forego pointing out how little advice on education and what people actually do with it I am willing to take from someone using "budlight" as a username...