4 district incumbents lose their Metro Council seats in runoff

Posted at 8:22 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 17:46:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — In an upset, four incumbents running for re-election lost their seats on Metro Council in Thursday night's runoff election.

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It was a historic night for Metro Nashville City Council. Zulfat Suara was elected as the first Muslim to be on council, Sandra Sepulveda is the first Latina to ever be elected to council and two more LGBTQ candidates were elected -- Emily Benedict and Russ Bradford.

In District 21, Edward Kindall, a former Metro Schools school board member, lost his seat to Brandon Taylor. Taylor is the Directory of Major Gifts at the Nashville Rescue Mission. The race between the two grew messy in the last few weeks.

District 23's Mina Johnson was beat by Thom Druffel, a long-time manager of the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt hotel.

Attorney Jeremy Elrod will be replaced by real estate agent Courtney Johnston.

And District 2's Decosta Hastings lost to Kyonzte Toombs, who works for the Tennessee Department of Health.

A batch of political mailers caused controversy in the Haynes-Trinity neighborhood. They claimed to be from the Haynes Trinity Coalition. However, members of the original Haynes Trinity Neighborhood Coalition said the flyers were not from them.