The Tennessean: David Briley wins Nashville vice mayor race

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Nate Rau, nrau@tennessean.com   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.

For Briley, his victory continued a proud family tradition in local elections. His grandfather Beverly Briley was the first Metro mayor and his brother Rob Briley is a former state representative. Briley served as an At-large councilman from 1999 until 2007.

“I think if you looked at the results across the city, people are focused on where we’re going to be for the next decade,” Briley said. “I feel like I worked hard to talk about that and to present a vision for how the Council will look for the next four years.”

The vice mayor oversees Metro Council meetings, makes appointments to committees that vet city legislation and is promoted to mayor according to Metro's succession by-laws. Briley said he wasn't picking a favorite between the apparent showdown between Councilwoman Megan Barry and David Fox in the mayor's race.

“I’m going to do my absolute best to say this every time I'm asked - I look forward to working with whoever wins,” Briley said. “I think both have their strengths and weaknesses and a runoff will give them a chance to prove who will be best for the city for the next four years.”

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