Over a year ago, my family and I announced my candidacy for Vice Mayor. Last week, we made our last campaign pitches and put the decision in the hands of the voters. I'm thankful that the voters chose our vision for the future of Nashville and elected me Vice Mayor.
We’ve worked hard over the last year and received support from all across Nashville. Thank you to my wife, Jodie, and my son, Sam, for taking this journey with me. Thank you to my amazing campaign staff, all our volunteers, each of our house party hosts, and everyone who contributed to my campaign. I am humbled by your continued and unwavering support. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the help of supporters like you.Read more
Nate Rau, firstname.lastname@example.org 9:40 p.m. CDT August 6, 2015
Eight years after experiencing August election night disappointment, Nashville attorney David Briley claimed victory, decisively defeating Metro Councilman Tim Garrett to become the city's next vice mayor.
Briley lost the mayor's race in 2007, finishing in last place. In the same election, Garrett won an at-large council seat, earning enough votes to avoid the runoff. Garrett was re-elected to Council in 2011. The candidates were vying to replace term-limited Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors.
Briley held a decisive lead of more than 4,000 votes after early voting totals were revealed and finished with about 53 percent of the vote, compared to Garrett's 46 percent. The Bone McAllester Norton attorney watched the results with family and friends at the Sutler on Franklin Pike.Read more
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JULY 30, 2015 - Nashville Scene l Steven Hale
Vice Mayor: Who Does No. 2 Work For?
"I don't have some sort of House of Cards game in play," David Briley says. "I'm not trying to become mayor."
The former Metro councilman, 2007 mayoral candidate and member of one of Nashville's political dynasties is now running for Metro's No. 2 office, and he says he's been assuring people that it's not part of a back-door scheme to get into the mayor's office. No, Briley, an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton, really just wants to be vice mayor.
Which brings up a more basic question: Why would anyone want to be vice mayor? Beyond that, why would anyone care who the vice mayor is?
Starting with the second question, the vice mayor appoints council committee chairs — like, say, the leader of the powerful Budget and Finance Committee — runs the council's bimonthly meetings and casts the tie-breaking vote if necessary. As for the first question, Briley has been pitching a more active role for the vice mayor. He says Nashville has long been a city where a mayor's proposals find easy support, but that's shifting as the city changes and the issues become more complicated.