Longtime neighborhood advocate Burkley Allen has filed with the Davidson County Election Commission as a candidate for the 18th District Metro Council seat in the Aug. 4 election.
Allen’s entry into the race ensures a spirited campaign, as she will face David Glasgow for the seat of a district many consider one of the city's five most significant. District 18 includes the influential Belmont-Hillsboro and Hillsboro-West End neighborhoods, Belmont and Vanderbilt universities and popular mixed-used districts 12South, Belmont-Portland and Hillsboro Village.
“I am thrilled at the prospect of being a public servant in a vibrant, progressive city like Nashville,” Allen, who has lived in the Hillsboro-West End neighborhood for 29 years, said in a release. “District 18, with Nashville’s two oldest neighborhood organizations, two universities and several thriving commercial districts, has benefited from the city’s growth and effective leadership.”
Allen, 53, is an active member of the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood Association (HWEN). Her 25-years serving on the HWEN board included two terms as president in 1995-96 and 2005-08. Allen has also spearheaded 23 annual neighborhood tree-planting events and served on the committee that gauged resident interest and then worked to institute a historic conservation zoning overlay.
Allen helped lead the effort to downzone much of the area to RS to preserve the existing balance between single-family homes and duplexes at a time when the housing bubble was encouraging the demolition of moderate-sized single-family homes many consider the highlight of the area.
“District 18 faces ongoing challenges to direct growth in a smart way that preserves the character of the neighborhoods while allowing our businesses and institutions to thrive,” said Allen, who is a mechanical engineer said. “The council person’s job is to create an environment of open communication so that stakeholders can hear all sides of the issue and work toward an acceptable compromise.”
Glasgow is Allen’s opponent in the District 18 to replace Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde, who has decided not to run for re-election.
This story has been updated to reflect a correction about Glasgow. Previously, the story read that Glasgow was an ally of former Metro Councilman Keith Durbin. That assertion was incorrect.