At-large council candidate Renard Francois first to unveil TV ad

Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 1:54pm

Renard Francois, a former Bass, Berry & Sims attorney hoping to break through a field of five incumbent Metro Council at-large members, became the first council candidate to unveil a television ad Thursday.

A native of North Nashville and alumnus of Montgomery Bell Academy, Francois has released a 30-second commercial called “Moving Nashville Forward,” which touts the need to invest in schools, sound economic development and infrastructure.

Shelby White, Francois’ campaign spokesman, declined to reveal when the ad would be aired. White said it would be televised “when the time is right.”

View ad here.

Though Francois is a political newcomer, some have identified him as an at-large candidate who figures to be competitive on the fundraising end, which would be required to increase his name recognition. Francois currently provides legal work at Caterpillar Financial.

Metro Council candidates have until June 30 to raise funds for the current quarter. Financial disclosures must be turned into the Davidson County Election Commission by July 11.  

In 2007, Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Ronnie Steine and Charlie Tygard were the only at-large members (of 26 candidates) to air television ads. All four, along with At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard, are running for re-election this year.

Other notable at-large candidates include term-limited district council members Sam Coleman, Eric Crafton and Vivian Wilhoite, as well as outspoken fairgrounds supporter Ken Jakes.   

Election Day is Aug. 4. Early voting begins July 15. 

3 Comments on this post:

By: budlight on 6/24/11 at 9:44

At large candidate Donna Crawford was left out of your article. That is rude. And might I add, you should do your research a little better, Joey. She is very "notable" and a very dedicated citizen to the city of Nashville.

By: politicalnashville on 6/24/11 at 3:12

I think that it is hilarious that Mr. Francois is using the slogan "Moving Nashville Forward". I will not say what candidate already has used that slogan and is currently.....well forget it, I'll say it. Current Councilman Jerry Maynard has a PAC for MNF and has had several meetings with individuals around the city to give them more information about Moving Nashville Forward.

I really dont think the slogan came from Francois himself, so I would like to know who is helping him with messaging because that someone is a plagiarizer.

By: tnlitprof on 6/25/11 at 2:42

They even bumped the article. I guess Bass, Barry or Catepillar lawyers get special treatment. That was indeed Jerry Maynard's phrase/PAC. When are you guys going to give the other candidates equal time?

And if Francois wants to be so supportive of public schools, he might actually consider one for his child before he starts flashing up public schools he has had NOTHING to do with.