Mayoral Candidates Fox, Barry Participate In Table Discussion

Posted at 10:32 PM, Aug 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:47:34-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A big decision has been placed in the hands of Music City voters to choose a new mayor, and two candidates have been hoping it's one of them.

Sunday, David Fox and Megan Barry sat down for a table discussion with local group "Nashville Organized for Action and Hope" or NOAH. The event was held at the Temple Church located on Kings Lane.

They focused on three main topics: affordable housing, criminal justice. and economic equality.

However, near the end of the discussion the topic turned to Political Action Committees, particularly negative ads.

Fox's campaign said they've learned that a PAC has planned on circulating an ad saying he doesn't believe black children can learn.

"My objection is not to a PAC,” Fox said. “My objection is to something that's bluntly false, and that's why I wanted to use this as an opportunity to get out there and say, well this is where my heart is, this is where my passions are to make sure all kids can realize their potential. And all children regardless of zip code, area code, race, ethnicity can achieve at very high levels."

"My opponent seemed to have some information that I have no idea what he's talking about,” Barry said. “And quite frankly I thought it was an odd thing to say, but clearly he -- that's what he thinks is happening. So I guess that's what he felt he needed to say to this crowd when we are really trying to talk about important issues that face Nashville."

The run-off election has been set for September 10, and early voting has been scheduled to start Thursday, August 21 and last until September 5.