Carol Swain enters Nashville Mayor’s race

Posted at 2:18 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 18:20:36-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Carol Swain has officially announced her candidacy for Nashville mayor.

Swain, a former professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University, made the announcement Sunday during a keynote address at an event at Tennessee State University.

She’ll challenge Mayor David Briley in the August 1 election. Swain finished second to Briley in last year’s special election to replace former Mayor Megan Barry.

“The city of Nashville deserves a mayor that is committed to making commonsense improvements that will enrich our community,” Swain says. “It is a disgrace that under the leadership of our current mayor, Nashville has the highest debt per citizen of any city in the nation, teachers remain under paid, we lack affordable housing, all while traffic and infrastructure problems clog our streets.”

Swain says she'll work closely with police, firefighters, first responders and emergency personnel to address concerns about working conditions and pay.

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons announced his candidacy back in January.