African-American leaders rally behind embattled Murray

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 2:27am

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 Many neighbors opposed the zoning, and the bill was eventually withdrawn.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.”


18 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 9/18/09 at 6:32

"“The fundamental requirement of any elected official is to be responsive to the constituency.”

Yes. Though I don't always agree with him, my councillor will always reply to my emails--often immediately. It may just be a "thanks for writing" or something but at least it's done.

By: eastnashville37207 on 9/18/09 at 7:29

Well, well Ms. Murray is finally pulling the race card again. This has nothing to do with race and if so it's Murray who has been discriminating against the white people who have moved into the district and she has done that for years.

Those who stand behind her do not live in her district so therefore making false statements in her support. This is unproffesional and unethical.

Murray has ignored the district for years, never returns phone calls, her voice mail is always full and can't leave messages etc. Murray has also brought people in at elections who don't live in certain neighborhoods trying to change the vote. Rigging elections etc and than once again pulling the race card. These people behind her have not seen the real Pam Murray in action.
I could have thrown a ball into her yard that's how close I lived to Murray and she was hardly ever there and never showed up at neighborhood meetings unless someone from Metro was to speak.

By: eastnashville37207 on 9/18/09 at 7:41

The famous 800 block of N 2nd St which is the block right behind Pam Murray's house is now once again in the news for murder.
Individuals involved in dice, cocaine and once again Murray does nothing to stop this. The big East Nashville Crime Intervention that they had a few years back only took a few runners off the street but never removed the Drug Dealers from the street or the neighborhood.
These people usually live in section 8 rentals, government assisted property is not legally allowed to rent to felons so why are the neighborhoods in Murray's district plagued with these criminals.

MDHA is also being investigated for illegal deals and should be investigated why these felons are living in these rentals illegally. Pat Clark (MDHA) and Pam Murray (District 5 Council) are constantly pulling the race card when neighbors ask who they are allowed to break the laws.

Research HUD vs RUCKER a Supreme Court Ruling and you will know why the neighbors complain about Murray's district.

If Murray cared about those in the Black Communities she would not allow this to continue, more lives are lost thanks to Murray and her side kick Pat Clark. These two women need to be thrown in jail.

By: frank brown on 9/18/09 at 8:24

The underclass is growing leaps and bounds.

By: govskeptic on 9/18/09 at 8:32

This support comes as no surprise to anyone who watches
those exciting council meetings. Of course, if anyone says
anything of interest that the public might hear or view the
V-Mayor tells them to take it to the committee meetings.
This gets more interesting with the MDHA angle!

By: alex24 on 9/18/09 at 9:32

Pam Murray's legacy will be as the only Metro Council person ever recalled in the history of Metro Nashville.

She deserves it.

By: CP102 on 9/18/09 at 9:39

all those African American leaders can't vote in District 5 - only residents can.

She will be voted out, and it won't be soon enough

By: TharonChandler on 9/18/09 at 11:04

She is Right to stand up to the the detractors, even while she shouldn't have to. If Any American citizen is at Liberty to travel around then why would an 'elected official' deserve any less? If she is a registered Voter at Nashville, properly filed for Candidacy, and actually won the election then she should have all rights and privaleges therof. I'm just glad she will have enough resources to survive the 'recall' motion. 'Recall' is a vital tool for democracy yet that serves best when any citizen has not been beaten down socially and financially by a Mafia, within that government, as I myself have been.

By: CP102 on 9/18/09 at 11:33

she is not "traveling around"

she lives and works in Detroit. Her office hours are listed on the Sunshine Treatment Center website as M - F 6am - 6pm

check it out yourself

By: millenboy on 9/18/09 at 1:29


Pam Murray, LCSW

Monday - Friday

6AM - 6PM

Office 1-313-368-4600

This voice mailbox is full also. I guess the addicts don't get an answer either.

By: eljs on 9/18/09 at 3:04

Why is it so important to spend a large amount of money on this special election when this lady only has less than a year and a half left. Something is not right here. People get mad all the time about different decisions but to make us taxpayers pay for this is wrong. The lady won fair and square. Alot of the elected officials travel with their jobs so why is there not a report on all of them. Many I bet travel throughout the week because the elected position is part time and they return calls and emails from a distance but make the meetings. This is wrong no matter how you look at it.

By: WayneJ on 9/18/09 at 4:04

If after all this is done the voters of District 5 put Murray right back in, then I would be all for a special redistricting that cuts District 5 up and sends portions of it to the several adjacent council districts. 35 council districts are too many and cutting this one would be a first step toward reducing the council size and the associated expenses we taxpayers pay on a per-councilperson basis.

I concur with trtay2004's assessment (see the posts on the earlier CP article) of Murray's overall performance, something the other post (in that same article) doesn't even address. What's her attendance at council meetings, meetings of council committes, appearances at council-related functions within the district, etc. etc.? How does it stack up against the councilpeople of the other 34 districts?

If a paper mill were to announce it's coming to Nashville, which district would be worst equipped to fight it off at this point in time based on its council representation? Think about it, District 5, think about it.

By: idgaf on 9/18/09 at 10:38

Blacks backing blacks just because they are black erases all the progress of the last 40 some years.

If it was a white person doing what she is doing they would be screaming bloody murder.

These pols give blacks a bad name or is it because they are just as corrupt. We do know Ludeye is don't we, living outside his district in posh digs while his "address" had no water or electricity.

Perhaps the election people should make sure the others live in their districts full ime.

Question barry or any other black and you are a racist not the taxpayer paying their salaries and I for one am getting tired of it. Want to go back to the 60's bring it on.

By: karman37206 on 9/19/09 at 12:26

"blacks backing blacks just because they are black"...what about whites backing whites just because they are white?

"bring it on"...let me think - where have I heard that before??!!

By: frank brown on 9/19/09 at 1:15

My tombstone should read: I left this earth just before the the "animals" took over.

By: harrystatel on 9/20/09 at 9:05

(To the tune of Old Susannah! with apologies to Stephen Foster)

Pam Murray comes from District 5, but she thinks she’s been crowned,
When time to meet constituents, she can not be found.
Pam Murray was elected for to serve the public view,
But she rather be in old Detroit, the District 5 to screw.

Oh! Pam Murray--About you we don’t care.
Your misdeeds we have had enough, we’ll chip in for bus fare.

Good citizens demand recall, to let their Pammy know,
The money that she wastes is theirs, while she’s a laying low.
And now she squeals, “It’s all untrue, I ain’t done nothing wrong!
You're just a bunch of racists!" but we ain't buying that ole song.

Oh! Pam Murray-- We’ve had enough of you
Take it up to Michigan, for new people there to screw.

Oh! Pam Murray--Pay your taxes it ain’t hard,
And now we are awaiting her, for to play the racial card.

By: fstop101 on 9/21/09 at 8:49

'She’s garnering the support of African-American leaders from across Nashville.'
Well now.....there's a shock!
Evidently Sharpton and Jackson don't consider her of any political value.

By: willtw on 9/22/09 at 6:27

why is anyone supporting this "fruit loop"? People who voted for her are getting exactly what they deserve....