Fox, Barry Pick Up Major Endorsements Monday

Posted at 1:59 PM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:38:17-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayoral candidates David Fox and Megan Barry picked up two big endorsements Monday.

Officials with Nashville’s Fraternal Order of Police announced that they would be endorsing David Fox, and Nashville Firefighters announced their endorsement for Megan Barry.

The rank and file Metro Nashville police officers and retirees voted two-to-one to endorse Fox. In a press release from the FOP, the president explained why they chose Fox.

“We are proud to endorse and support David Fox for Mayor of Nashville,” said President of the Nashville FOP, Danny Hale. “David is clearly the common-sense candidate who is most focused on the real needs of Nashville’s neighborhoods. And the issues he cares most about are also important to all of our men and women in blue.”

This is Fox’s first major endorsement since entering the race.

“To have earned the vote and confidence of these officers in a bellwether vote from all across our city and county is a real honor. And I welcome and appreciate their vote of confidence and support,” said Fox.

However, Barry’s endorsement comes as one of several during her candidacy. 

Former Nashville Mayor and former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen announced his support for Barry – marking the first time Bredesen had ever endorsed anyone for mayor. Former mayoral candidate Charles Robert Bone has also publicly given his support.

“We know Megan is the right choice for public safety,” said Mark Young, President of IAFF Local 140. “These men and women are answering nearly 600 emergency calls every day throughout Davidson County. We know Megan has a great passion for public safety and making sure we have the resources that are needed to keep my members and the citizens of Nashville safe.”

Barry said she was proud to have earned their support. 

“Nashville’s fire fighters are some of the bravest men and women I know,” said Councilmember Megan Barry. “I am honored and humbled to have their support in this campaign, just as they will have my support as Mayor.”

NewsChannel 5 has teamed up with Vanderbilt University and the League of Women Voters for a mayoral debate featuring your questions. The event is set to get underway at 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt University and will air on NewsChannel 5.

Meanwhile, early voting began Friday at the Howard Office Building in downtown Nashville. All early voting locations will open Thursday and won't close until Saturday, September 5.