Nashville Political Trailblazer Betty Nixon Passes Away

Posted at 11:47 AM, Aug 29, 2016

Nashville political trailblazer Betty Nixon has died. 

Nixon, who grew up in Nashville, was a longtime district Metro council member from 1975 to 1987.

In 1987 she became the first woman to run for mayor, finishing third behind Congressman Bill Boner and Nashville businessman Phil Bredesen

She then ran again in 199, but lost to Bredesen.  

Mayor Megan Barry expressed her sympathies in a statement on social media.  

Nixon was an avid supporter of Barry during the 2015 mayoral campaign. 

No additional details were immediately known.