Special Runoff Election Held For Metro Council District One

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro District 1 residents voted in a special runoff election for a new council member.

Candidates Jonathan Hall and Judy Cummings are hoping to change the perspective of district one, which includes five different communities: Joelton, Scottsboro, Bells Bend, Bordeaux and Whites Creek.

The special election was held after five candidates ran in the May 24 election. None of the candidates received 50 percent of the vote plus one, prompting Thursday's special election.

"It is a concern, it's very concerning throughout Nashville, I've watched that happen," said Cummings.

"We're not just prisons, and drug courts and things like that and that's been the problem over the last few years," said Hall.

It's a problem that's become the top campaign issue in this special runoff Election for Metro Council district one.

Why is district one repeatedly overlooked when it comes to development, and why has it been considered a dumping ground for so many years?

"When it comes to gentrification, one of the immediate ways you can prevent that or work against that is simply by raising median income and raising property value," said Hall.

Cummings says it's all about educating the community.

"You don't have to be pushed out, and you can stay in your home. You can age in your home by bringing in grants and programs to help be able to do that," said Cummings.

The polls close at 7 p.m. Both candidates are passionate about what "could be" for District 1.

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