Pam Murray is preparing to fight for her District 5 Metro Council seat and she’s garnering the support of African-American leaders from across Nashville.
The Davidson County Election Commission will decide Friday whether to certify the approximately 1,200 signatures turned in by an opposition group looking to oust Murray from office. If the signatures are certified, a special recall election will be held in the coming weeks.
Prior to Tuesday’s Metro Council meeting, state Rep. Brenda Gilmore hosted a support rally for Murray, who is facing a recall election. On hand were Councilmembers Erica Gilmore, Lonnell Matthews, Vivian Wilhoite and former Councilman Ludye Wallace.
Murray defended her record, pointing out bills related to conservation overlay and Dickerson Road improvements, which she passed under her watch. Murray has less than two years left on her second term.
Decrying her opposition as using lies to garner the necessary recall signatures, Murray said she intends to fight.
“These are the same people I beat in the first two elections and I’m going to beat them again,” Murray said.
The councilwoman has been under fire for various reasons, especially for reports that she lives most of the time in Detroit where she works as a social worker at a methadone clinic. Murray denied that claim and said, while she does travel for work, she lives in East Nashville.
Murray also caught flack for supporting the rezoning of a Cleveland Street junkyard building, which the owner sought to turn into an apartment complex. Many neighbors opposed the zoning, and the bill was eventually withdrawn.
But the group opposing Murray, led by attorney Jamie Hollin, says she has neglected her Council responsibilities.
“Simply, the recall effort was initiated because the incumbent is unavailable, unresponsive and uninterested in the concerns and needs of the constituents of the fifth Council district,” Hollin said. “The fundamental requirement of any elected official is to be responsive to the constituency.”