District council member Vivian Wilhoite preps at-large campaign

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:05pm
Vivian Wilhoite

Vivian Wilhoite is hoping her serving two terms as a district councilwoman results in a successful campaign to fill one of five countywide at-large seats.

Wilhoite, who has represented the Antioch-area District 29 on the council since 2003, told The City Paper Wednesday she plans to run as an at-large candidate in Metro’s upcoming August election. Wilhoite picked up qualifying papers last Friday. She said she plans to officially announce her candidacy soon. 

“I have a great love for public service and being able to address the issues of the community,” said Wilhoite, who cannot run again for the District 29 seat due to term limits. “We’ve had some tough issues, but we have a lot of work to do.”

This won’t be Wilhoite’s first countywide election. Last May, Wilhoite competed against a crowded field of candidates in the Democratic primary for Davidson County Juvenile Court clerk. She finished second, mustering 16 percent of the overall vote. David Smith, the winner, finished with 49 percent. 

Wilhoite could face some stiff competition for an at-large seat.

All five of the council’s current at-large members — Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine and Charlie Tygard — are eligible to run for re-election, having been elected to their seats in 2007.

Other candidates eyeing an at-large seat include Ken Jakes and James Maxwell.

Wilhoite said she’s not targeting any of the current at-large candidates — though if she wins, one of them would effectively be voted out.

“I’m vying to be the chosen public servant,” she said. 

Meanwhile, three candidates have picked up petitions to run for Wilhoite’s open seat on the council.

They include former school board member Karen Johnson, who also lost in the recent Juvenile Court clerk race, as well as Ricky Lee Martin and Arnett Bodenhamer. 

Metro candidates have until May 19 to qualify to run.

8 Comments on this post:

By: political1iam on 2/24/11 at 12:20

"I have a great love for public service and being able to address the issues of the community." What bull! When has Wilhoite provided any service to anyone but herself or dealt with any issues other than her own(and those not effectively).
Why these terrible, inept and mostly corrupt, district Council members think they can fool the public at large is mystifying! (See Pam Murray) Less than 1 out of 5 were fooled in the Juvenile Court Clerk's race, and less than that will vote for her in this race.
Get a life and stop imposing yourself on the public in every election!

By: govskeptic on 2/24/11 at 6:50

I suppose these jobs with the State gives many candidates
time and attention to run for elected offices as well. Seems
that Metro has had many of these candidates some
successful and some not. running in virtually ever contest!

By: outdoorprowash.com on 2/24/11 at 9:01

As for Dist. 29 I'm for Karen Johnson she is organized and a great communicator, but I hear there may be another candidate joining her in the race and if so it will be a tough decision for me.
Roof Restore Pressure Washing of Nashville

By: Nitzche on 2/24/11 at 9:13

Yeah, the GLBT agenda will play well all over the county,,NOT

By: outdoorprowash.com on 2/24/11 at 9:18

Also, Vivian has done a fine job. I don't see many people willing to subject themselves to such a tough job of pleasing everyone. I mean you should hear the things people complain about without offering any solution. These local politicians are regular people and they have to screen and sift through issues and use their best judgement about what to do. Tell them what you are for, not what you are against. They may think your are just against everything and not count your opinion. Everyone, be proactive and offer solutions so we can help bring out the best in our public servants they are alone in this place of apathetic bystanders. A true public servant will recognize when they have no chance of winning an election and offer assistance to one who does (This is not aimed at any individual). Unity is what make this country strong and great!
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By: karlwithak on 2/24/11 at 11:50

She sealed her fate by voting to demolish the Speedway at the Fairgrounds.
She no longer has a prayer.

Outdoorprowash- You might want to reconsider posting under your business name, Especially when you are endorsing a much disliked political figure. You've given not one single instance of what she has actually done to back up what you say, I don't believe you so no way would I hire you to work on my house.
It's costing you some business.

By: bfra on 2/24/11 at 2:42

karlwithak - Right on! Free advertisment for losing business at it's best.

By: a37217 on 2/25/11 at 5:17

As a long-time resident of District 29, my main sentiment is GOOD RIDDANCE. I reached out to her multiple times regarding the horrible storm water drainage issues my neighbors and I face in our neighborhood and how the Metro Water folks have ignored inquiries on what can be done to improve the situation (all before the May floods). As a tax paying resident I at least expected that the issue would be acknowledged, but apparently that expectation was too high as my inquiries have been completely ignored.

The residents of the city of Nashville deserves better than her and I will definitely be voting against her like I did the last time she ran for District 29 as well as when she ran for at-large.