Green Hills emerged as the most active area during early voting for Metro’s general election, continuing a trend in which the affluent southwest quadrant of the county historically outperforms other areas in voter turnout.
The Metro Council’s District 25 had 1,971 people vote early, according to the Davidson County Election Commission, the single largest turnout among the council’s 35 districts. The district includes the race between incumbent Councilman Sean McGuire and challenger James Kaminski, a contest that has garnered minimal media attention.
Voting early in Green Hills is made easy because the Green Hills Library served as one of Metro’s nine early voting locations.
“I think the mayor is very popular in District 25, and you have a lot of his supporters coming out,” said McGuire, who enjoys Dean’s backing. The mayor lives in District 25. “You have almost the same amount of people who early voted in 2007 as voted this past early voting cycle.”
The early voting period wrapped up Saturday, with 33,050 voters taking part, putting the overall turnout on pace to perhaps clear 60,000. Election Day is Aug. 4.
Second in early voter turnout was District 24, with 1,867 citizens voting. The Sylvan Park-area district features Councilman Jason Holleman’s high-profile race against attorney Sarah Lodge Tally, whom Dean has endorsed.
Third in turnout is District 22, where 1,687 people having voted. The ballot there features the race between Sheri Weiner and Seanna Brandmeir to replace term-limited Councilman Eric Crafton
Fourth and fifth in turnout is the Belle Meade-area District 23, which saw 1,672 voters, and Bellevue’s District 35, which recorded 1,657 voters. Councilwoman Emily Evans is running unopposed in District 32. Incumbent Councilman Bo Mitchell is in a heated race against challenger Tonya Jones.
The next highest turnouts by council district are as follows:
• 1,604 people have voted in District 34 (Forest Hills area) where Councilman Carter Todd is running unopposed.
• 1,567 people have voted in District 4 (south Davidson County). Candidates there are Brady Banks, Eugene Batsuk, David Patterson, Carolyn Petrone, Renee Rathburn and Peter Tuttle.
• 1,554 people have voted in District 1 (North Nashville) were Councilman Lonnell Matthews Jr. is running against Charles Hoosier, David Phillips and Roosevelt Williamson.
Districts with the lowest turnouts are as follows:
• 401 people have voted in District 10 (Goodlettsville) where Doug “Dukie” Pardue is running against Danny Turner to replace term-limited Councilman Rip Ryman.
• 477 people have voted in District 21 (North Nashville) where Councilwoman Edith Langster is running unopposed.
• 488 people have voted in West Nashville’s District 20 where Councilman Buddy Baker is running against Mary Carolyn Roberts and J. Gower Mills.
• 506 people have voted in District 19 (downtown and part of North Nashville) where Councilwoman Erica Gilmore is running against Bob Ries and Curt Wallen.
• 523 people have voted in District 5 (East Nashville) where voters are picking a replacement to follow Councilman Jamie Hollin, who is not seeking re-election. Candidates are Scott Davis, Priscilla Eaton and former Councilwoman Pam Murray.