Mayoral Candidates Abound. These days, mayoral ambitions seem to be everyone’s dirty little secret. Off Limits is pleased to introduce three more people whose friends tell them they should run for mayor. (But seriously: people have been approaching us about running, and at this point we’re just giving it some thought and listening to people.) From the people who brought you Lucius Carroll II’s fledgling candidacy…Metro Council member Ludye Wallace says he’s giving “some serious thought” to running for mayor. “I’m going to do my best to impact the next mayor’s race,” says the dapper Wallace. “This city’s not fulfilling its promises to its people.” The longtime council dweller says new revenue streams are needed because sales and property taxes unfairly burden the elderly. What new sources of revenue, you ask? “Man, cigarettes. Beeah. Whiskey. Whaan. It’s a lotta stuff goin’ on, and nobody’s lookin’ for no way to try and do anything. Just stickin’ it to the people,” Wallace says. “They don’t think about the senior until they try and get the seniors to vote for a tax increase.” True enough. Next up is at-large council member Diane Neighbors, who confirmed on Tuesday that she’s “had people talk to me about that,” and she’s thinking it over—although it sounds like she may be angling for chief cat-herder, a.k.a. vice mayor. “At some point in my life, I may want to be mayor. This may not be the time. This may be the time to run for vice mayor. This may be the time to run for at-large council again. We’ll see,” she says. “I really don’t know yet.” But Sheriff Daron Hall knows—that he’s not running for mayor, despite persistent rumors to the contrary. “I won’t say never,” he tells Off Limits, “but not this year.” The party he held the night Mayor Bill Purcell announced he wouldn’t run for a third term did little to cool recent speculation, but Hall insists his annual event was planned well in advance. Meanwhile, from the world of open secrets, former Congressman Bob Clement is in the race, and local Democratic tongue-wagger, attorney and bookman Larry Woods is reportedly running the campaign. Good luck to all.
Spooky East Nashville Politicians. Only the nerdy, Metro-history-obsessed Bill Purcell would sport a top hat and tails, claiming to be dressed as a deceased Nashville mayor for Halloween (after losing the Abe Lincoln beard). We give his poor man’s Willy Wonka getup low marks for effort. Other East Nashville pols’ efforts seemed equally lackluster: Neighbors gave out Cheetos, at-large council member (and likely mayoral candidate) David Briley didn’t answer the door and District 6’s Mike Jameson may or may not have tried to subpoena the phone records of every trick-or-treater that came to his house.
The Metro school board’s final decision on a new school uniform policy is still at least a week away, but students may soon be wishing they had already joined the khaki-clad army of polo-shirted clones.