Former Metro Councilwoman Pam Murray, ousted from office 15 months ago through a special recall election, says she plans to run to reclaim her old District 5 seat.
“I’m going to run,” Murray told The City Paper Tuesday. “I’ve got a lot of people who’ve asked me to.”
Murray picked up election qualifying papers at the Davidson County Election Commission office last Friday, the first day would-be candidates could do so. On Tuesday, Murray confirmed she hopes to become a candidate. To qualify, Murray, like all candidates, would need to turn in 25 petition signatures to the election commission by May 19. Metro’s general election is Aug. 4.
Councilman Jamie Hollin, who led the 2009 recall effort that led to Murray’s removal, currently represents District 5 on the council. After a bitter campaign, Hollin defeated Murray by two votes. Hollin has said he doesn’t plan to seek another term.
Council attorney Jon Cooper said Murray is eligible to hold her former seat, if elected. Murray had held the seat for six years prior to being removed. Cooper said Murray is not term limited.
“The Metro Charter says you’re term limited if you serve two complete four-year terms,” Cooper said. “Since her second term was not complete, she’s not term limited, in my opinion.”
Murray is currently involved in a lawsuit in which she has sued Hollin and several former constituents, alleging they defamed her character leading up to the special recall election. Depositions are scheduled next week.
Before Murray’s exit, Hollin and others who formed the group “We the People of District 5” characterized her as an unresponsive, tone-deaf elected official. They also said Murray spent much of her time in Detroit, where she held a job.
Among the defendants in Murray’s suit is Amy Bryson, who has also picked up qualifying papers to run for the District 5 seat. Bryson, a realtor and neighborhood activist, has already announced her candidacy.
Scott Davis, director of advertising and sales with Nashville Pride, an African-American newspaper, has also picked up qualifying papers. Davis has also announced intentions to run.
In all, 45 people have picked up qualifying papers to run for Metro seats, many who are council members seeking a second term.