The Debate Rages On

No, not about cigarettes.

I just returned from the mayoral candidates forum hosted by the Young Leaders Council.

I feel bad for these guys (and girl). They had a debate last night, had one today at lunch, and have another one tomorrow night. They made the remark that today’s crowd was one of the largest they’ve spoken to. And it was no more than 75 people. I understand the impact of issue-based forums (today’s dealt with young professionals), but certainly these candidates need a break and should be given a chance to get their main ideas out there to a lot of people at a few debates.

Anyway, this one was kind of funny.

There’s 7 people running. You’ve got the big five (Briley, Clement, Dean, Dozier and Gentry). Then there’s business man Kenneth Eaton, and Cheryl Tisdale. Those two should get about 6 votes between them.

Briley comes across as cool and hip and is quick to crack jokes. But, he can also bring home some ideas and truth that make you think he might be up for this.

Clement probably never says anything off-script. Even at home, he talks to his family only after a staffer writes down what he needs to say.

Dean seems stately, but not in a John Kerry kind of way. He needs to smile more, and to get a better haircut. He’s smart, there’s no doubt, but he needs to show he likes to hang out.

Dozier has some good ideas up his sleeve, but he doesn’t quiet have the ability to get them out there. He looks like he’d be a fun grandpa.

Gentry has a lot of local experience and at least sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. But vice-mayor ain’t exactly the training ground for mayor.

However you choose to vote on August 2, make sure you do stand up and be counted. Nashville’s had 16 consecutive years of great growth. Pick the guy (or girl) who will keep it going. Do you research and if you haven’t registered to vote yet, click here. You need to do so by July 3.

And, if you want to know who I think won today, read my blog.

2 Comments so far

  1. Kate O' (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the run-down.

  2. Jeff Clauer (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    Sam hit it on the nose. I also attended the DLC…stike that, the YLC forum and left with the same conclusions.

    As a matter of fact, I was so enthused to hear someone with vision that made good sense and would have a definitive positive impact on the city, that I immediately emailed David Briley to let him know I was in full support of his campaign.

    I only had one concern. Although I also share a vision of a “Green” city and appreciate cadidate Briley’s attempt to differentiate himself with an environmental message, I don’t think that I am in the majority. It’s probably difficult to deliver the green message. Without understanding what it means for a city to be green, people will be divided into two camps. One side will automatically believe that environmental efforts equal roadblocks to new business. The other side will think, neato…green is good. Point being that unless the public puts in the effort to understand the issue, it will be up to candidate Briley to inform and educate.

    It’s my greatest hope that enough of the voting public agree and help elect David Briley mayoral office.

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