Renard Francois, a former Bass, Berry & Sims attorney hoping to break through a field of five incumbent Metro Council at-large members, became the first council candidate to unveil a television ad Thursday.
A native of North Nashville and alumnus of Montgomery Bell Academy, Francois has released a 30-second commercial called “Moving Nashville Forward,” which touts the need to invest in schools, sound economic development and infrastructure.
Shelby White, Francois’ campaign spokesman, declined to reveal when the ad would be aired. White said it would be televised “when the time is right.”
View ad here .
Though Francois is a political newcomer, some have identified him as an at-large candidate who figures to be competitive on the fundraising end, which would be required to increase his name recognition. Francois currently provides legal work at Caterpillar Financial.
Metro Council candidates have until June 30 to raise funds for the current quarter. Financial disclosures must be turned into the Davidson County Election Commission by July 11.
In 2007, Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Ronnie Steine and Charlie Tygard were the only at-large members (of 26 candidates) to air television ads. All four, along with At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard, are running for re-election this year.
Other notable at-large candidates include term-limited district council members Sam Coleman, Eric Crafton and Vivian Wilhoite, as well as outspoken fairgrounds supporter Ken Jakes.
Election Day is Aug. 4. Early voting begins July 15.