Dear Friends –
Thanks to everyone who has stayed active and engaged during this election cycle. Turnout has been fairly low (around 20%), but there is another opportunity to ensure your voice is heard since we are now in a Run-Off Election. Remember that Tennessee is 49th in voter participation. We must do better. Visit this link for all voter information and to register or update your registration.
Thanks as well to those that attended my Town Hall on July 11th. We had a great turnout. Special thanks to Sean McGuire in Metro Finance, Rob Ward with the Metro Assessor’s Office, Mark North and David Proffitt with MNPS and John Honeysucker with Metro Water. As promised, here are the slides from that presentation (click on slide below to see full slideshow). For those not able to make it, we basically had two main sections to the meeting. The first was an overview of what’s happening in the district. I could do a long write-up of each slide, but if you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to ask. The next section was engaging our special guests with the topics of our current budget situation, taxes, the assessment process, and how we get back to securing a strong fiscal foundation to focus our efforts on supporting education and public safety.
The 2020 Census is gearing up to collect valuable statistics and as much has changed in Nashville over the last decade, ensuring we are an active participant is crucial to ensuring we are allotted our fair share of federal resources. Learn more here. In addition, there will be employment opportunities as part of this process, which you can learn about here. Another reason that strong participation in the census is important is that it will impact our local Council district lines, State House and Senate as well as the reapportioning of congressional seats. Here’s a jobs flyer for the Census 2020.
I had the opportunity to participate in a couple important events over the past month or so. We Remember Nashville was formed to promote community awareness, education about lynching and racial violence that helps the stories are told with dignity, truth, and resilience. Two historical markers were erected on 1st Avenue near where to lynching occurred. I was proud to join Mayor Briley and At Large Council Member’s Erica Gilmore, Sharon Hurt, and District 23 Council Member Mina Johnson at the marker dedication ceremony.
As the Council’s Chair of Parks, Library and Arts, Joey and I attended a fundraising breakfast for the Friends of Mill Ridge Park, the regional park in the southeast part of the county. It and our Ravenwood Regional Park in the bend of Stones River are the two new regional parks in development. CM Rhoten (District 14), whose district Ravenwood is in, secured $12 million to begin the first phase of the development of it. At some point in the future, we could have a Friends group like Mill Ridge does, that engages the community in support of the Park. It’s wonderful to see these two regional parks preserving this great open space for the enjoying and benefit for all of Nashville neighbors.