Before District 5 Metro Councilwoman Pam Murray begins a campaign effort to stay in office, she’s attempting a legal challenge to prevent a November recall election from happening at all.
Murray is seeking to have the special recall election enjoined by way of a Chancery Court suit filed last week. Chancellor Ellen Hobbs will hear Murray’s complaint at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Constituents from Murray’s East Nashville Council district began a recall effort following a string of murky incidents and news reports surrounding the second-term Councilwoman.
Murray’s legal challenge alleges that the recall notice filed with the Metro Clerk is different from the postcard petitions signed by some of the District 5 residents. The postcard petitions mentioned that Murray lives in Michigan, where she works as a social worker at a methadone clinic.
Murray has denied that charge, insisting she lives in Nashville but travels outside the city as part of her work. Murray’s attorney filed affidavits from District 5 residents who signed the recall petition, but wanted their names off the signature list once they were told Murray does, in fact, live in Nashville.
Besides the allegation she lives out of town, Murray also supported a controversial zoning proposal to turn a former Cleveland Street junkyard property into an apartment building. Neighbors vocally opposed the proposal, which was eventually withdrawn.
Murray also was involved in a skirmish with fellow Councilwoman Karen Bennett following a community meeting. Bennett filed a police report alleging she was intimidated by a group, including Murray, but no charges were ever brought.