Metro Council's Black Caucus becomes Minority Caucus

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 11:31am

The Metro Council’s Black Caucus is now known as the council’s Minority Caucus.

The 10 council members who make up the council’s Black Caucus voted to change their name to include all minorities, caucus president At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard told reporters Tuesday.

With the name-change comes the addition of District 31 Councilman Fabian Bedne, who in August became the first Latino in Metro history to be elected to a council seat. The council’s Minority Caucus has 11 members.

“We wanted to expand the caucus so that we’re not just advocating on behalf of African-Americans, but we want to be able to advocate on behalf of all minorities in Davidson County,” Maynard said. “Our county’s changed, and we want to reflect that change and diversity.

“We want the Latino community to know they now have an advocacy group here at the council,” he said, adding that he hopes the council will grow to include other minority groups as well.

Maynard, re-elected to his at-large seat in August, said the Minority Caucus would still push for issues that are important to the caucus’ African-American constituents.

“We’ll still deal with African-American issues that are specific to them, but we wanted to expand so that we could say, ‘If you are a minority or you are an underrepresented population, we are an advocacy for you.' ”

The council’s Minority Caucus members are:

  • At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard
  • District 1 Councilman Lonnell Matthews Jr.
  • District 2 Councilman Frank Harrison
  • District 3 Councilman Walter Hunt
  • District 5 Councilman Scott Davis
  • District 17 Councilwoman Sandra Moore
  • District 19 Councilwoman Erica Gilmore
  • District 21 Councilwoman Edith Langster
  • District 29 Councilwoman Karen Johnson
  • District 31 Councilman Fabian Bedne
  • District 32 Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell

23 Comments on this post:

By: bunnymaytrix on 1/5/12 at 9:35

APPLAUSE!!!!!! Commendations!!

By: yucchhii on 1/5/12 at 12:02

Does this clown have a "GREEN" card? Probably NOT!! They ALLOW too many in WITHOUT anyway, why should THIS clown be any acception?

By: Bedne on 1/5/12 at 2:17

Mr, Mrs yucchhii

I am extremely proud to be a US Citizen.

The bigger issue here is that you have decided to disrespect the Citizens of District 31. They evaluated both candidates in the race thoroughly before casting their votes, and I was elected. I believe you owe them an apology.


Fabian Bedne
Metro Councilmember District 31

By: 1kenthomas on 1/5/12 at 2:46

Perhaps the City Paper would do well, to review the recent changes in comments policies at the New York Times and other publications. 'yucchhii' 's comment does not deserve publication and does little but lower the quality of discussion.

Mr. Bedne, mucho gusto enconocerlo. I find myself quite surprised that it has taken until 2011 for a Latin-American to be elected to a council seat in Nashville, --but it is certainly time.

My congratulations!

By: san r on 1/5/12 at 4:41

just because it changes from black to blue does NOTHING to eliminate the racism.

By: dogmrb on 1/5/12 at 10:45

@1ken .... Agree totally.

By: govskeptic on 1/6/12 at 6:37

I think all agenda items are both American and Metro items. Not sure
why Mr. Bedne wants to set himself up as anything any different than
the majority of other members. District 31 voters selected him as one
of their own, not because of any minority status then or member of this
newly named sub-group.

By: tenn40 on 1/6/12 at 10:33

Who advocates for the whites living in these districts?

By: HISPANIC 7 on 1/6/12 at 12:49

What the majority of people do not know and ignore is that Fabian Bedne is Jewish.
The Jewish community helped him and his family immigrate to the US... It is true to the fact that he owes nothing to the hispanic community or any other minority group...
He is another example of a politician looking for personal benefits by utilizing his hispanic ethinicity to acheive them.

By: yogiman on 1/6/12 at 4:12

This is the USA, folks. Once you become a citizen, be it as a natural born, native born or naturalized, you are an American. Flush anything else down the commode.

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