Attorney Renard Francois to seek at-large Metro Council seat

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 5:45pm

Renard Francois, an attorney who figures to be a capable campaign fundraiser, said Monday he plans to run for a Metro Council at-large seat.

Francois, formerly an attorney at the law firm Bass, Berry & Sims, is currently a regulatory and compliance attorney at Caterpillar Financial. Previously, Francois had told The City Paper  he was considering a run for one of the council’s five at-large seats. 

“I believe Nashville’s headed in the right direction,” Francois said. “But we’ve got some decisions to make on fundamental issues. I think that’s education, economic growth and strategic development. Those are decisions and conversations that I want to be a part of.”

Francois, who is African American, is a native of North Nashville and attended Montgomery Bell Academy. He’s also worked at the Federal Trade Commission.

Three years ago, Francois served as treasurer on Alan Coverstone’s successful campaign for school board.

Francois will be staring down a strong headwind this election cycle. An incumbent at-large council member has never lost a re-election, and this year all five incumbents are running. They are Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine and Charlie Tygard.

Maynard, the only current African-American at-large member, received the fewest votes of the five members in 2007.

Other candidates this year include District 29 Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite and Joelton resident and outspoken fairgrounds supporter Ken Jakes.

Election Day is Aug. 4.