Weekly Update from Mayor Briley
Good morning, friends.
I’ve often joked that my biggest disadvantage in this race is my first name: Mayor. As the incumbent in the race, it’s hard to run as the agent of change that so many Nashville voters are looking for. But here’s the simple truth: we are changing things in Nashville. 18 months isn’t a very long time in the grand scheme, but my administration has worked tirelessly to move the needle on Nashville’s toughest challenges and to rethink the way we operate as a city.
As mayor, I shouldn’t be running the city the same way my predecessors did, and that’s because we’re a different city now. We need to change, and voters want to see that change.
The challenge is, as Mayor Briley, I won’t run a campaign based on shaming Nashville for its shortcomings. I am running a campaign based on progress. We are confident that voters will see the difference between the two, but as you may have guessed, one of these campaign styles makes a lot more noise than the other.
Here’s the good news: The perks of my job title far outweigh any of the drawbacks.
This past weekend, I marched in the Labor Day Parade, met the attendees at the InterNASHional Food Crawl, and attended a Pan Hellenic Council cookout – and I got to do all these things and more as the mayor. Everywhere I went, people told me where they live, what they do, and how they take pride in their neighborhood and city.
Labor Day Weekend is a good time to remember that the working people of Nashville have always been the backbone of our community, and they’ve collectively done more than anyone else to make this a great place to live. That won’t change.
Nine days to go in this race! Don’t forget – all Early Voting locations are open this week. Go vote now while the lines are short.