Monday, May 19, 2014

The Mayoral Stock Index: Welcome Bill Hagerty

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Welcome to the Mayoral Stock Index, Pith's look at whose fortunes are rising and falling in the world's longest mayor's race. Now that we're past the May 6 elections, look for more candidates to announce throughout the summer. Who are we buying and selling right now?


Megan Barry and Charles Robert Bone. Councilwoman At-Large Barry and Democratic fundraiser and attorney Bone are the only two declared candidates in the race right now. The two sat down for lunch together last week and Bone told her that he was going to run, then sent out this email to supporters. Pith would love to know who picked up that bill.


Jeremy Kane. The LEAD Academy leader had a lot of attention focused on him and his school's success when he brought Bill Clinton to town a few weeks ago. The perfect time to announce would have been the next week, right? But he's still thinking about it. In the meantime, Bone made his intentions known and stole some of the spotlight.

Daron Hall. All of those ads during the municipal elections sure looked like Hall was gunning for something bigger than the sheriff's race, didn't they? Hall would be a formidable candidate, but paradoxically, winning countywide elections doesn't necessarily give you a countywide base to run from. And as Rob McGuire just found out, law and order is not necessarily a winning theme.

David Fox. The former school board chair has given every indication that he's running. He's spent the past few months tying off some loose ends. Fox would be a strong contender for the Chamber/business community support that Dean tapped into successfully seven years ago.

Jerry Maynard and Howard Gentry. Somebody has to be the beneficiary of North Nashville's renewed political influence, and it may be either the at-large councilman or the criminal court clerk. Both have their issues, and Gentry couldn't make it to the runoff in 2007 — but with turnout in Bordeaux and Whites Creek contributing to a record slate of African-American judges, the opportunity is there.


Bill Hagerty. Yes, he's a Republican and currently in the Haslam administration, but Hagerty's ambitions for office (including, maybe, succeeding Haslam in 2018) are now known, as Dobie wrote. Would being mayor of Nashville help him or hurt him with other GOPers around the state? And would Nashville really elect an out-and-out Republican mayor?


Mike Turner. The House Caucus Chair didn't exactly bathe himself in glory when he kicked the public — and journalists — out of a conference committee meeting where the fate of the Amp was determined in April. But now that he's left the legislature, Turner may finally make a decision on whether he's running. Or not. In any case, we're sure he'll talk about it a lot.

Bill Freeman. We would be stunned if Freeman hopped into the race. On Election Night, he looked like he was having too much fun making the rounds of victory parties with former TNDP chair Chip Forrester to want to be in the actual race. But the real estate mogul — and presidential fundraiser — could make himself instantly viable by breaking out his checkbook, so he probably has longer before he needs to decide.


Torry Johnson. The district attorney's race can be viewed in a lot of ways, but one of the chief ones is as a referendum on Johnson's tenure as DA. With his handpicked successor losing, Johnson's long-rumored mayoral ambitions took a big hit.

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