Election Commission sets District 5 recall vote

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:39am
Staff reports

The Davidson County Election Commission has certified the signatures required to force a recall election for District 5 Councilwoman Pam Murray.

A special election will be held Thursday, Nov. 12.

Murray has faced criticism claiming that she lives the majority of time in Detroit where she works for a methadone clinic. Murray denied that claim and said, while she does travel for work, she lives in East Nashville.

The filing deadline for prospective candidates is Oct. 1.

Attorney Jamie Hollin, who led the opposition group that collected signatures, has already announced he will run for the seat.

3 Comments on this post:

By: TharonChandler on 9/18/09 at 12:07

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: trtay2004 on 9/18/09 at 12:59

Tharon, do you live in the district? If so, you'll know she has been the biggest deterant to progress in our crime riden district. She's not here and she is not interested in helping our district. She deserves to be criminally charged and not to be treated like a martar.

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

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 of Murray's overall performance, something the other post 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.