Election 2015: A New Day for Nashville Thanks In Part to SEIU Members!

PoliticalAction_bannerNow that the dust has settled over the Metro Government elections in Nashville, we are happy to report that candidates endorsed by SEIU Local 205 have been victorious.

First and foremost, Megan Barry, who Local 205 endorsed in the Sept. 10 election for Mayor, won in a landslide over hedge fund millionaire David Fox.

In addition to the Mayor’s race, SEIU’s endorsed candidate David Briley was elected vice-mayor.

In the county-wide “at-large” races, all 7 of the candidates the Local supported made it to the runoff election and in the end, 3 of the 5 candidates we supported for at-large won on Sept. 10.

The charter amendment on local hiring for Metro construction projects, which SEIU strongly supported, passed with overwhelming support from the public by garnering 57% of the vote.

In the individual Metro Council districts, our candidates won across the county. SEIU endorsed in 15 council districts and we won 10 out of the 15 races on Aug. 6 and then in the Sept. 10 runoff, we only lost in two districts.

The candidates who the Local endorsed and won are:

Megan Barry

Vice Mayor
David Briley

Council (At-Large)
John Cooper
Jim Shulman
Erica Gilmore

Council (Districts)

1 – Loniel Greene
7 – Anthony Davis
8 – Nancy VanReece
17 – Colby Sledge
20 – Mary Carolyn Roberts
21 – Ed Kindall
23 – Mina Johnson
24 – Kathleen Murphy
26- Jeremy Elrod
28 – Tanaka Vercher
29 – Karen Johnson
32 – Jacobia Dowell
35 – Dave Rosenberg

Unlike many other organizations that endorse candidates in Nashville’s local elections, SEIU’s endorsement comes with manpower. Our members, many of whom were volunteering on candidates’ campaigns, ended up knocking on 5,318 doors and they made 108,452 phone calls. Mail pieces also went out to our members and the union’s political committee made contributions to the candidates’ campaign committees.

“Our members actively participated in this election first by voting for worker-friendly candidates,” said Freda Player, the political director for Local 205. “Secondly, our members did the hard work of phone banking  and door knocking to help ensure we have a city government that supports workers rights and quality public services.”

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