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Former Councilman David Briley Elected Vice-Mayor

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Posted at 7:30 AM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:59:40-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Voters cast their ballot for Vice Mayor Thursday, and David Briley, a former Metro Councilman, came out on top.

Briley, an attorney, took the most votes beating out Tim Garrett for the win.

He was a member of Metro Council between 1999 and 2007. Briley said he helped get a lot accomplished while he was part of Council.

"We passed some legislation that required better public notice of decisions being made by boards, and commissions," Briley said during his campaign.

This time around he said he wants to continue with transparency in government as Nashville goes through an unprecedented growth spurt.

"Making sure that the process runs smoothly, making sure the people have a chance to be heard, and making sure people understand the process we got through, that's what I'm going to focus on as vice mayor, so we do work well as a city," according to Briley in the days before the election.

He has now been set to replace Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors. 

Another big race of the evening was Council at Large, with 26 candidates vying for only five seats. Erica Gilmore and Jon Cooper narrowly missed the 10 percent they needed to secure a seat.

Bob Mendes, Jim Shulman and Sharon Hurt rounded out the top five. The top ten will fight it out in the runoff next month.

In a surprising turn of events, some incumbents also lost their seats on the council, Thursday night.

In District 6, Peter Westerholm lost to Brett Withers, while Michael Freeman came out ahead in District 16 over incumbent Tony Tenpenny.