Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Meet the First Ever Openly Gay Metro Council At-Large Candidate

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

John Lasiter, candidate for Metro Council At-Large
  • John Lasiter, candidate for Metro Council At-Large

John Lasiter announced today that he will be running for an at-large seat on the Metro Council in 2015.

Keith Durbin, also an openly gay man, won the District 18 seat in 2007, but Lasiter will be the first openly gay candidate for one of the council's five at-large seats.

A press release from Lasiter, after the jump.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John Wesley Lasiter is running for an at-large seat on the Metro Council in the 2015 election on a platform of community inclusion.

“I want to represent the people of Nashville and Davidson County in a way that breaks down cultural and geographic boundaries,” the 31-year-old says. “All people should have a voice in our government.”

Why is he announcing now? “I know that very few people know me and that it will take time to introduce myself to my fellow Nashvillians,” acknowledges Lasiter, who on Jan. 25 after three years leaves an education coordinator job with Nashville Cares to become Community Communications Manager for Vanderbilt University's Barnes & Noble. “And I also know in the coming months we’ll see more and more candidates enter the race for the five at-large seats that will be open because of term limits in 2015.”

Lasiter is an openly gay man, but he’s not running merely to represent members of Nashville’s LGBT community. He knows there are many issues — business and residential growth, public safety, schools and stormwater to name a few — which our vibrant community must address. “I may be the first openly gay man to run for an at-large seat, but Metro Council has already had an openly gay man elected in a district race (Keith Durbin in District 18 in 2007),” Lasiter notes. “He didn’t just represent other gay men; he represented everyone in his district. I will take the same approach.”

How will I insure people have a voice? “I plan to have neighborhood tours throughout the campaign where I’m knocking on doors and listening to the hopes and needs and concerns of my fellow Nashvillians,” he says. “And that listening will continue after I’m elected.”

John’s website is in the beginning stages at WeAreALLNashville.com (he’s also got a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JohnLasiterforCityCouncil). “I encourage everyone to contact me through my site or the Facebook page, not just for any help you may decide to give our people’s campaign but with your thoughts about Metro Council and the role it should play in making our great city even greater.”

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