District 24 Metro Councilman Jason Holleman, who some consider one of Nashville’s rising political stars, may have a challenger in his bid to hold onto his Sylvan Park-area seat.
Sarah Lodge Tally, an attorney at Miller & Martin, has picked up qualifying papers from the Davidson County Election Commission to run for the seat. Contacted by The City Paper, Tally said she hasn’t decided whether she’ll definitely run. Candidates for August’s election have until May 19 to turn in petition signatures. For now, Holleman is running unopposed.
“I have not made a decision yet,” Tally said. “I’m still considering my options. I’ll make a decision in the next week or so.
“I’ve been approached by some folks who are looking for a change in the leadership of District 24,” she added.
Tally’s candidacy would set up some interesting political dynamics stemming from last year’s memorable District 21 state Senate Democratic primary in which state Sen. Douglas Henry narrowly fended off his opponent, attorney Jeff Yarbro, in a race that included a party-mandated recount.
Tally is the daughter of Dick Lodge, a prominent lobbyist and attorney with Bass Berry & Sims, at which Yarbro also works. During the Senate campaign, Lodge supported Henry, but his daughter, Tally, backed Yarbro.
Holleman, on the other hand, was an outspoken supporter of Henry.
Holleman, who has butted head with Mayor Karl Dean’s administration on financing Music City Center and redeveloping the Tennessee State Fair, declined to comment on Tally’s interest until he has a chance to speak with her.