A well-known Nashville attorney is considering joining an already crowded field of candidates running to fill five at-large seats on the Metro Council.
Renard Francois, a former associate at Bass, Berry & Sims, picked up qualifying papers last week at the Davidson County Election Commission to run as an at-large candidate. Francois, who has been employed by Caterpillar Inc. as an attorney since 2008, said he’s still weighing whether to run. Candidates have until May 19 to qualify for Metro’s Aug. 4 election.
“I am considering it,” Francois said. “Short of that, there’s nothing firm yet.”
In 2009, Francois served as treasurer during former Montgomery Bell Academy academic dean Alan Coverstone’s successful run for school board. Francois is an MBA graduate.
In the past, Francois worked as a staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., and in 2006 was appointed to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security advisory committee.
“I like the direction the city is headed, but I do think there are certain issues that require some very careful, contentious and deliberate decisions and evaluations,” he said, adding that he believes those issues tend to be “more citywide as opposed to more district-specific issues.”
The contest for the council’s at-large seats is shaping up to be competitive, with all five incumbents — Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine and Charlie Tygard — vying for re-election.
Other at-large candidates who have picked up qualifying papers include District 29 Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite, Barry Donegan, Ken Jakes and Jack Wooten Jr.