Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin said Wednesday that the pro-Tennessee State Fairgrounds group he is leading has surpassed 10,000 petition signatures collected for placing the referendum to save the fairgrounds on the Aug. 4 election ballot.
“The effort is well on its way to collecting the required number of signatures in just Day 10 of the effort,” Hollin said.
Supporters of Save My Fairgrounds have until May 16 to collect more than 15,000 petition signatures to add a special referendum to August’s local election. In question is retaining all existing activities at the 117-acre much-disputed property.
It’s a tight time frame to pull off a feat that requires more signatures than two recent memorable Metro petition efforts.
Three years ago, Metro Councilman Eric Crafton successfully collected more than the necessary 10,103 signatures during his initial English-only referendum push, before besting a 2,475-signature mark during a subsequent effort that ultimately led to a special election. One year later in 2009, Hollin turned in nearly 1,000 signatures to hold a special recall election to oust sitting East Nashville Councilwoman Pam Murray.
This story has been updated to reflect a correction about the source of Save My Fairgrounds' funding. The organization has long maintained it has a variety of funding sources.