Council's Maynard pens book amid speculation on mayoral run

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 1:22pm

Metro Councilman Jerry Maynard’s newly launched personal website describes himself as a pastor, speaker, consultant — and a first-time author.

Maynard, the city’s lone African-American at-large councilman, is eyeing an Oct. 18 release of his first book titled How to Lead When No One Follows, which according to the second-term officeholder, discusses the apathy of black voters in local elections.

An excerpt posted on his website:

“Many constituents have tuned us out, and I believe their apathy is justified in many instances. People come to realize that we only show up when we have a ribbon-cutting ceremony or a parade, or we have been asked to share in someone's public recognition. If there is a news camera or a reporter there, then our presence can be expected. At least, that is the impression I believe we are giving to the public.”

Maynard said that despite the progress of African-Americans following the Civil Rights Era, the black community has not made strides in its unemployment rate, high school dropout rate, health care disparity and prison incarceration over the past 25 years.

He said one of the reasons for the setbacks is a lack of engagement in local politics. “We don’t vote in large numbers in local races,” Maynard said, pointing out that some 60 percent of Metro public school students are minority yet black voters’ participation in school board races can sometimes linger around 10 percent.

“There’s this disconnect,” Maynard said. “So those who are driving policy and direction of resources at the school board level, you don’t have the participation from the voters and their engagement.”

Maynard said he interviewed voters in preparation of his book, and observed excitement from African-American voters for presidential races but the opposite for local races. “We have a significant, substantial drop off,” he said.

“What I concluded is people are voting by not voting,” Maynard said. “They’re sending a message to local elected officials — that electing you does not change or improve my quality of life.”

In presidential politics, a book authorship often precedes a run for the Oval Office. Asked about whether his book might set the stage for a 2015 mayoral run in Nashville Maynard didn’t rule out the possibility. “I haven’t really made a determination yet.”

He insisted, however, that political ambition isn’t the impetus.

“I started writing this book a year and a half ago after the 2007 [Metro general] election when I saw so much apathy and cynicism in voters,” said Maynard, whose name is commonly mentioned as a possible mayoral candidate. “That’s when I said, ‘OK, I’ve got to write a book about this.’ ”

9 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 9/24/12 at 12:54

Dean is the worst we have ever had, we sure don't need Maynard.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/24/12 at 1:00

bfra, have you met Maynard?

By: jimmie on 9/24/12 at 2:04

What's the status on Maynards Law practice, and why is he no longer allowed to practice ?

Jerry is going to find out he's been nothing more than a slave used by Dean to do his dirty work. Hey Jerry, you are EXACTLY why voters don't vote anymore, because shady crooks like you are more worried about your Master than your "people" and how your favors will be repaid to move YOU forward. I'm pretty sure some misguided WHITE FOLKS voted for you, why is everything BLACK to you ?

How about just CITIZENS and representing EVERYONE !

Go ahead and ask the mayor today, Will he sign a pact today to endorse you fully as his replacement. I know the answer to that question. No, he is going to endorse his ecd head and you don't have a prayer.

By: FLeFew on 9/24/12 at 8:32

If DA Torey Johnson had done his job and prosecuted Maynard on the referral from the election commission a few years ago, we would not be worrying about him now. (There was even a Democrat majority on the Election Commission at the time.)

DA Johnson and other Democrats like him are why some people say that there is no voter fraud ... they have refused to prosecute.

By: govskeptic on 9/25/12 at 5:01

Maynard's book title says a lot about his leadership: The "When no one
follows" is exactly and deservingly right. A Pin stripe suit and sharp tie
along with the professed Pastor after one's name doesn't necessarily
make for a long awaited Mayor. A record of pushing for large expenditures
on every project, organization, and policy that enhances and supports
one's career doesn't go over well with a large number of voters.

Many of us thought we might be getting another Mansfield Douglas
when voting for this-then unknown candidate. Turns out not even
close in that regards.

By: PKVol on 9/25/12 at 8:44

Maynard is quoted "...that electing you does not change or improve my quality of life." That is exactly what is wrong with the electorate today, far too many want what they can get and not what is best for the community at large. This is no different than what Mitt said about the 47%, this is the people he was talking about, the ones that wanted what they could get from the government and not what they can do to make us all better.

We should all want to have government out of our lives as much as possible and only do those things that have to be done for the greater good of everyone - police protection, fire protection, trash pick-up and educating the children of the community, true education.

By: WayneR on 9/26/12 at 11:54

JM> “That’s when I said, ‘OK, I’ve got to write a book about this.’ ”

Mr. Maynard.

If you think the solution to voter apathy and political indifference is to pen a book, you are way off the mark. Those same apathetic voters too lazy to get off their duffs to take an hour out of their day a few times yearly are not likely to get off those same duffs, go to the bookstore or library, and purchase/checkout your book, let alone read it. .

They are more likely to remain home and watch Honey Boo Boo.

None too hopeful,


By: COGIC on 9/27/12 at 8:58

Yea- he won on the name of his father. A lot of people thought they were voting for his dad, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, Sr. But, they didn't know and couldn't have imagined what they were getting. People at his dad's church just try to distant themselves from him.

By: Left-of-Local on 10/1/12 at 1:46

"Dean is the worst"

... yeah I hate all this transit, green space, nicer looking city, increased tourism, elevated national profile and all the other positives of this administration. Damn it all...