Metro Council's District 5 race promises to deliver fireworks

Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 11:05pm
Pam Murray 

Metro’s election season is young, but one race that promises its share of fireworks is the battle to represent Metro Council District 5, the East Nashville area west of Gallatin Road and south of Trinity Lane. 

After all, it’s not every day you get one candidate who has already filed a lawsuit against another. To top it off, the plaintiff in this case held the council seat just 16 months ago, before she was ousted via a recall election. The district, which includes the Cleveland and McFerrin park neighborhoods, is a racially diverse area that has grown in recent years with new development. 

These are the dynamics at play in the race to fill the seat currently held by Councilman Jamie Hollin, who has opted not to run for re-election. Hollin led the recall effort to remove former Councilwoman Pam Murray, who some constituents called unresponsive, citing her residency in Detroit, which she disputes. 

Apparently, Murray still has the itch. She’s hoping to reclaim her council seat and has already filed the necessary paperwork to make her candidacy official. 

“I’m going to run,” Murray told The City Paper. “I’ve got a lot of people who’s asked me to.” 

Her entry comes at an interesting period. Murray has sued Hollin and several of her former constituents, alleging character defamation in the lead-up to the recall election. Depositions are ongoing, and the case could carry on into the summer. 

Besides Hollin, another defendant is Amy Bryson, who has also thrown her hat in the ring for the August election. 

“I’ve been a neighborhood activist and Realtor in this area for the last eight years, and I want to take it to the next step,” Bryson said. “I love my community.” 

Asked about the ongoing suit, Bryson declined to comment. “I’m just really so into my own race right now,” she said. 

Another candidate to keep an eye on is Scott Davis, director of sales for Nashville Pride, who said he’s concerned with the neighborhood’s unemployment rate. 

“I’ve been wanting to run since 2007 for my district,” Davis said. “This is the district I grew up in.” 

6 Comments on this post:

By: trtay2004 on 3/14/11 at 7:50

As long as Murray doesn't run, our neighborhood will continue to drastically improve. Since her leaving, there has been a lot of true work done to improve everything. She was a stubbling block to our progression. She should stick to promoting drugs and leave our community alone.

By: Lischey_Ave on 3/14/11 at 8:41

Voting Pam Murray out of office was the best thing that could have happened for our District. I can't believe she was voted into office twice, particularly after hearing her speak (to say nothing of the many meetings where she bullies and berates community members). But then, when you intimidate voters who are willing to take it, I suppose that's what happens. Murray continues to use those tactics in suing for defamation when she has absolutely no proof with which to prove her case. Absurd.

And Scott Davis with Nashville Pride worked on Murray's last campaign and apparently allowed her to use office space for her ill-fated campaign. Do we really want to be represented by someone so recently and closely linked with Murray? Davis doesn't even own property in the District - if he won't even invest in the community, how can he commit to helping us improve?

By: criticalthinker on 3/14/11 at 8:03

"Davis doesn't even own property in the District..."

Are you saying that only property owners can serve as elected officials? This is not the early stages of the founding of this country in which non-property ownership is a disqualification for political participation.

Davis is invested in his community.

By: Radix on 3/15/11 at 1:38

"Critical Thinker" Most Council members live in their district. It might even be required, I'm not sure. I would be wary of anyone who doesn't live in my district running.

Why didn't Hollin run again? Too controversial?

By: Lischey_Ave on 3/15/11 at 3:37

Davis rents a home in the District. And while home ownership certainly isn't a requirement, I think the question of commitment level is a valid one when going through this process, regardless of the candidate.

By: mom of 5 on 3/30/11 at 6:52

Okay you people, cut the ill feelings and choose the best candidate ! Someone answer a question for me - what did Jamie do while in office? what improvements were made? what were his accomplishments? I have seen news reports where CRIME has escalated, and Ms.Murray is not council for that district at the moment, but I have not seen any comments from lil Jamie proposing what should be done to deter criminals from the area !! So re-zoning has changed a few things, but while Jamie sits there and picks that nose of his, CRIME IS EXTREME !! So Jamie and all the others can sit there and pick their noses, while Pam Murray will take action.

So make the choice. Sit back and watch the area be overcome with violent crimes or elect Pam Murray, who will no doubt stand up against crime and also improve the district, please people wake up and smell the left over boogers from these other council members, believe me I did not say coffee, " boogers" but with Pam Murray you will be able to smell the coffee and also your car stereo will more than likely be in tact the next morning after Ms. Murray gets elected. OMG could it be them committing these crimes??????????????? One never does know, wow the plot may thicken !!!