Wednesday, September 3, 2014

For $250, You Can See Mayoral Candidates Audition for the Nashville Business Coalition's Support

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The Nashville Business Coalition is hosting a "mayoral candidate panel" on Oct. 9. If you have $250 and can skip work on a Thursday morning, you're invited to attend.

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As of now, the event will feature Megan Barry, Charles Robert Bone, David Fox, and Jeremy Kane (with new candidates presumably to be added). The candidates are the main attraction for a fundraiser, beefing up the NBC's political action committee.

There are a few things about this that feel...weird. For instance, while on the one hand the NBC is simply trying to raise money while also giving its members a chance to hear from the candidates who might receive its support, it's still a bit unseemly to see an entrance fee that would blow a hole in many an average person's budget for a forum featuring candidates for public office. If you feel like politics, even on the local level, doesn't really include you, an event like this isn't likely to dissuade you of that notion.

But here's another thing: in the end, the NBC is presumably going to endorse and/or contribute to one mayoral candidate. The rest will have acted as the main attraction for an event to raise funds that went to their opponent. That might be worth it if it still helped get their name and message to the masses, but see the first point.

For what it's worth, the coalition contributed $500 each to four state legislative candidates earlier this year: Jeff Yarbro (D), Gary Odom (D), Beth Harwell (R), and Thelma Harper (D).

We should also note, that Walk/Bike Nashville has announced their own panel discussion with mayoral candidates on Oct. 8. They'll be discussing sidewalks and walkability in Nashville over coffee.

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