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.”