“I never set out to be the first Latino councilman,” Fabian Bedne has said. And while that may be true, his election says a lot about how Nashville is changing.
How much? As the percentage of non-Hispanic whites in Metro Nashville has dropped from 80 to 56 percent, the fastest growing group has been Latinos, now fully 10 percent of the new Nashville.
Bedne, an architect by trade who was born in Argentina, moved here to be closer to his wife’s family and found a South Nashville community he enjoyed serving. His election in 2011 signaled a change in the classic racial politics of the city — the Latino community had found a political dimension to complement their ever-increasing numbers.