This past month has been truly extraordinary and I am quite blessed. Each and every message of congratulatory well-wishes has truly meant a great deal to me. Sincere thanks goes to our Councilman, Phil Claiborne, for all his time, support and effort over the past couple of years as I worked towards running for the District 15 seat. It’s made the transition to hitting the ground running that much smoother as well. There are strong long-term initiatives and specific projects that began with CM Claiborne that the community will benefit from in the years ahead. I believe there is a collective feeling in Donelson that very bright days are in front of us. The energy in the community is palpable. Look for an announcement coming soon about my first initiative to bring all our diverse neighborhood leadership together to help me be a strong voice for our community’s growth, development and preservation. There is much to learn from each other and collectively support the variety of issues we face.
I’m proud to share the video of me taking the Oath of Office, administered by Judge Randy Kennedy. Thanks to neighbor and friend Chris Lackey who was there and caught the memorable moment of Judge Kennedy recalling all the prior District 15 Council Members since Metro was formed and reflect on his time as a Metro Council Member in the Donelson-Hermitage area. Big thanks to my lovely Markey for standing beside me, as well as CM Larry Hagar and my good friend Andy Depuy. I also received the below Official Certificate of Election from the Davidson County Election Commission.
My next Soul of a City blog is online. It’s poignant that I feature Roland White & Diane Bouska as I reflect on another past big milestone of helping strengthen my neighborhood. Not having organized a block party before and it being something never done in the neighborhood that anyone could remember, I had a little anxiety if anyone would show up. Not only did 100+ neighbors come, everyone brought an amazing variety of homemade delicious food to share. Roland and Diane and a handful of other talented neighbors shared amazing music with us. They also gave a wonderful performance for the whole community at Music at the Mansion a couple years ago. Enjoy the selection of their tunes and be sure to catch one of their shows down at The Station Inn!
Our first official Metro Council meeting is Tuesday, October 6. In future newsletters, I will include a section to inform you on Council activities and decisions. Please make sure you get out and vote in the run-off election coming September 10. Early voting is going on now. All voting information can be found at www.nashville.gov/vote.
I look forward to seeing you soon out in the community!