Monday, June 25, 2007

Upcoming Mayoral Forums

The Tennessean publlished the following schedule for Mayors forums:

Nashville mayoral forum: Luncheon hosted by the Nashville chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee and 10 other engineering-related organizations; candidates David Briley, Bob Clement, Karl Dean, Buck Dozier and Howard Gentry have accepted invitations to participate. The forum will focus on issues of concern to the engineering community. Event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tennessee Engineering Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Reservations are required by June 19 to Judy Logue at 242-2486 or Additional info: Candy Toler, 242-2486.


Williamson County Democratic Party meeting: 6:30 p.m., Williamson County Democratic Party headquarters, 112-B Fowlkes St., Franklin. Info: 790-3659 or Todd Sharp, or


Young voters mayoral debate: 7 p.m.,Vanderbilt University's Ingram Hall. Contact Addison Pate for information,

Young readers of this blog should especially note the July 10th forum at Vanderbilt Universiity. I'd love to have a liv report or several reactions to any of these forums.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Corrections and Fact Checks - Mayoral Forum

Thanks to those who have helped with details and corrections from my hasty typing during the forum:

LEAD should read LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Dean described bus rapid transit. The Federal Transit Administration has prepared a report about this concept.

Anne Davis spells her name with an "e." I got that wrong in Dean's opening statement about his deciding to stay in Nashville after law school.

Dozier endorsed the “Future of Neighborhoods” study by the Neighborhoods Resource Center.

The Strtegic Plan for Sidewalks featured in the first round of questions.

Bob Clement was president of Cumberland University.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Candidate Forum Reactions

It was great to live blog during the forum. I did my best to write exactly what I heard, and I will spend some time in the next few days assessing some of the details. I will be happy to post any edits made necessary by my mishearing or the two technical glitches I experienced with the site. In general, though, the comments on the live blog posts are pretty thorough.

My first reaction is that I was glad to see so many of my former government students involved with campaigns. It is so important to be involved in local politics, especially this election cycle when we will choose a somewhat new direction for 4 or probably 8 years. I want to repeat my call to my former students. I would love for you to join me in writing for this blog. I have taught people all over the political spectrum but whose opinions are thoughful and important. I would love to have your contributions regularly recorded here. Let me know if you would like to be added as a contributer.

I also appreciated the work of the West Nashville Presidents Association in putting the forum together. The format was solid and things moved on time. The candidates addresed some important issues sparked by questions from neighborhood association members in attendance. Everything ran profesionally and well.

I was impresed with all of the candidates. Nashville will likely be well-served by any of them. Still, I drew some clear conclusions from my listening, and I will share those in the next post. As always, I invite responses whether you agree or disagree with my conclusions.

Weigh In

Forum rebroadcast will air Friday, June 8 at 7:30; Saturday, June 10 at 2:30 pm, I believe these were the times announced for the 50+ airing of this debate if you want to see it.

I will slide in with my thoughts as soon as I finish a few other duties, but I would love to have a number of your reactions here first.

Another technical glitch - Last part of liveblog

Dean continued with his priorities education, safety, and livability. I am fiscally sound in my proposals.

Liveblog Continued

Looks like I ran out of comment space on the other one.

Mayoral Forum at MBA - Liveblog

Tonight, five of the Mayoral candidates will participate in a forum sponsored by the West Nashville President's Association and hosted at Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Road. I will attempt to run a live blog of the forum at this site, so check back this evening after 6:30 to see what's going on.