Politician Choices 

Mayor Bill Purcell

Mayor Bill Purcell

Best Place to ride a Halfpipe or do a Fakie: Metro's new Skate Park at Wave Country

Best Idea Nashville Ever Had: Metropolitan Government

Best Place Downtown When You've Got 15 Minutes to Spare: The Arcade

Best Place to Check the Pulse of Nashville: (tie) Oxford House Barber Shop and Percy's

Best Race to Start: Country Music Marathon ("Much as I would like to run, it's more fun to start the race.")

Best Place to Hold a Fundraiser: Ryman Stage (Home to successful Purcell events since 1991).

Best Time to Buy Shoes: Election Day

Best Place to Buy Shoes on Election Day: Genesco

Best Bellwether Poll on Election Night: Rosebank

Sheriff Daron Hall

Best Sporting Venue: The Coliseum

Best Music Venue: Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater

Best Entertainment Spot: The Trap

Best Meat-and-Three: Swett's

Best Mexican Restaurant: El Torero

Best Italian Restaurant: Basantes

Best Breakfast: Noshville

Best Lunch Spot: The Palm

Best-Kept Secret: The Nashville Zoo

Rep. Edith Taylor Langster

Best place to campaign: Corner of Clarksville Highway and Buena Vista Pike

Best TSU Homecoming activity: Waving at supporters and alumni during the homecoming parade

Best manicure: Ruby's Nails

Best Barbecue ribs: Mary's Old Fashion Barbecue on Jefferson Street

Best dry cleaner: Executive Cleaners on Clarskville Highway

Best shopping mall and shopping companion: The Mall at Green Hills/Mrs. Willa D. Taylor (my mother)

Best outreach activity: Donating and delivering Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to the needy

Best college basketball teams (most watched by me): TSU, Vanderbilt and Purdue University

Congressman Jim Cooper

Best Voting Precinct: The Hopewell Box

Best Cookie: Oatmeal raisin (also Best Dessert, Best Snack and Best Meal)

Best meat-and-three: "Hey, I'm a politician. I can't say."

Best Commute: Southwest Airlines from Nashville to Baltimore

Best Nashville Event that We Want to Return: Southern Festival of Books

Best New Neighbor: Steve McNair (just moved to Green Hills)

Best CBS Anchor You Can Trust: Chris Clark

Best Building: Batman Building ("as voted on by my kids")

Best Places Not on Any Map: Flat Rock, Shy's Hill and Dupontonia

Best Kept Secrets in Nashville: (tie) O'Keefe paintings at Fisk, Neely's & Bell's Bends and 40 miles of Cumberland River

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