Holleman faces serious challenger in District 24 race

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 11:27am

Metro Councilman Jason Holleman now has an opponent who figures to be a capable fundraiser and formidable challenger for his District 24 Sylvan Park-area seat. 

Sarah Lodge Tally, an attorney at Miller & Martin, announced Monday morning she has qualified to run for the seat. Last week, Tally told The City Paper she was considering entering the race.

“This district needs a responsive leader who will listen to the varied interests of residents and businesses, and who will advocate for every neighborhood,” Tally said in a statement.

Serving as Tally’s campaign manager is Russell Reibeling, son of Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling. Dave Goetz, former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, is serving as Tally’s campaign treasurer.

Tally is the daughter of prominent lobbyist and attorney Dick Lodge, who practices at Bass Berry & Sims.

Holleman, known as one of the council’s progressives, voted against Mayor Karl Dean’s convention center project and never saw eye-to-eye with the mayor on redeveloping the fairgrounds. Given that history, Russell Riebeling working as Tally’s campaign manager is certain to raise some eyebrows.

Goetz is the husband of McNeely Pigott & Fox partner Katy Varney, who recently became chair of the Board of Fair Commissioners.

Holleman told The City Paper he is "proud of my record" representing District 24's various neighborhoods.

"I intend to work hard this summer to earn the privilege to continue representing them on the council," he said. 

18 Comments on this post:

By: revo-lou on 5/16/11 at 9:58

Good luck Jason!

By: Funditto on 5/16/11 at 10:06

He's been a great councilman. Much better than Summers.

By: haveasay on 5/16/11 at 11:29

There is now hope for our district! Get him out and bring her in. He didn't want us to have a drug store in our district but allowed an adult bookstore and two new bars. We know where his interest is and it is personal, not for the benefit of our community. Go Away Mr. Holleman.

By: JeffF on 5/16/11 at 2:13

The thorough listing of the connections of this new "team" just scared the bejesus out of me. I am far from being labeled a progressive so Holleman and I rarely agree, but having Darth Riebling and the entire force of MP&F come down into any election sends chills up and down my spine.

Riebling and MP&F have made fortunes since they supported Dean in the first election. MP&F represents five or six Metro OBEs even after the MCC fiasco. Now they apparently are advocating for the destruction of the public fairgrounds and are willing to run people for council slots to keep those contracts.

Yet another reason why term limits in local government are bad.

By: Nitzche on 5/16/11 at 2:23

Too much Tally and Dick in this race?

By: dogmrb on 5/16/11 at 4:16

What are Sarah Talley's qualifications and experience? Does anyone have a biography? I know Jason Holleman went to public schools here and has been active in community work before he ran for office. Are they about the same age? I'm just trying to paint a better picture of the two candidates.

By: JeffF on 5/16/11 at 5:13

Harpeth Hall, University of the South, fundraiser for Governor Bredesen's office, worked for Cooper, daughter of one of Nashville more powerful lobbyist, backer of Yarbro over Henry, Christ Church Cathedral

By: dogmrb on 5/16/11 at 6:42


By: richgoose on 5/17/11 at 12:43

I have found Jason Holleman to be very open minded and responsive regarding almost any issue that is brought before him.

By: 98collector on 5/17/11 at 4:28

I wish someone in the local media would check out Holleman's DUI case from a few years ago. Any bets on if the Metro Police Officer who made the arrest would consider him open minded and responsive?

By: spooky24 on 5/17/11 at 5:49

Defendant was observed traveling westbound on Murphy Rd near 37th Ave N in a red 1996
Jeep Cherokee 4dr TN tag RL 6988. He was in excess of the posted speed limit and was clocked
on rear stationary radar going 48 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. I proceeded after him and initiated a
traffic stop. His eyes were bloodshot and watery and his pupils were dilated. He had an obvious
odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and his speech was slurred. He showed
indicators of impairment on the S.F.S.T.'s and was placed under arrest for DUI. He agreed to a
breath alcohol test and registered a 0.10% B.A.C. He was then transported to General Hospital for a
blood test at his request

Case Details:
Name: Holleman, Jason Daniel Date of Birth: 13-JUL-73
Disposition: Guilty - Lesser Charge Disposition Date: 26-MAR-03
Case Type: GS Case Number: GS120022 Citation/Arrest Date: 01-MAR-03 Case Status: CLOSED
Charged Offense: DUI Convicted Offense: Reck. Dr. Convicted Type (F/M): MISD
Concurrent with:Consecutive to:
Appearance Details:
Date: 29-SEP-03 Judge: Brown, John P. Court Room: Court Room II - Ben West Building
Attorney: May, Roger T. Reason:Probation
Location: Years:Months:6Days:Hours:Percentage:30
Suspend All But:SAB%:Day for Day?:NHour for Hour?:NReport Date:
Suspend?:YNo Work Default?:NWork Release?:NWork Release %:No Early Release?:N
Time Served Credit: Months:Days:Hours:
Incarceration Special Condition:
Court Costs:
Court Costs: $.00Court Fines: $350.00Total Owed: $.00
Fines Special Condition:
Type: Years:Months:6Days:
Probation Special Condition:

I was ask to research this before. Attorney Roger May was able to get him out of the mandatory jail time and community service hours along with six months probation instead of 12.
Normally, 48hours at the Metro Motel or community service is given during the reduction of sentence. However, this is not unusual for first time DUL with a competent lawyer.


By: wayitis on 5/17/11 at 6:45

Ok he had a DUI. Sure its nothing to be proud of, but it happened. It happened 8 years ago and its a mistake that many people especially young people. He is fortunate he did hurt or kill anyone. It is noted, However to continue to bring this fact up everytime there is an article about him has gotten old. Is he doing a good job for Nashville? That would be my question its a simple yes or no.

By: govskeptic on 5/17/11 at 6:46

It always a better deal if one has a "competent" attorney, versus one just out
to collect a fee. Mandatory jail time only applies to those without means, and
that appears to be Statewide. Will be an interested race, but truthful either
one sure beats Summers!

By: NancyF on 5/17/11 at 8:06

I have also found Jason Holleman to be responsive & open minded to our issues. He has done an excellent job for us. And how many of us have made foolish decisions in our past. I bet Arnold on the West coast would be mighty glad to trade records with Jason. I appreciate our neighbor working for us.

By: Chich on 5/17/11 at 8:32

Holleman is vulnerable because he is often recognized as arrogant, self-serving and out of touch with his constituency. To win, Tally needs only to illustrate that she can better serve the District.

That vacant lot at 46th & Charlotte is Holleman's fault. There should have been a new Rite Aid Pharmacy on that corner. But Holleman deliberately interfered with the Rite Aid deal. He secretly drafted two restrictive Zoning Bills (#2008-114 and 141) without ever notifying the property owners of his actions nor holding any prior community meetings whatsoever. The owners had to contact Holleman for an explanation!

It turned out he wanted to control their property. So he drafted his Bills to encumber their property and drive away their buyer, Rite Aid Pharmacy. It worked. And as soon as his true objective was met, Holleman withdrew both his Zoning Bills. In doing so, Holleman defined himself as an enemy of commerce in District 24.

Want proof? Just take a drive out Charlotte Avenue. Starting from downtown, what do you see? Vibrant activity and fresh commercial investment. Until you hit Holleman's District at 42nd Ave North. Then, abruptly, it's vacancy and neglect. Why is that? It's because many would-be investors and entrepreneurs watched and listened as Holleman sabotaged the Rite Aid deal. Holleman's message to potential money & investors: "If you're not to my liking, Get Out & Stay Out!"

Also recall the more recent 2009 fiasco he caused by secretly triggering the Charlotte Ave Detailed Corridor Design Plan. Of course the merchants were blindsided by the whole thing. They called a meeting with Holleman to get an explanation. Holleman, absent at the agreed-upon start time, finally strolled in about 10 minutes late sipping a cup of coffee. During the meeting's Q & A portion he confessed to consulting with only "seven or eight" owners (out of 100+ subject area parcels!) prior to his initiating the Plan. Then the merchants endured Holleman's lecture on how "you owners need a plan to protect you" from the dreaded Real Estate free market (or anything not artsy and cool to Holleman). Seen as comical to many who were present, this absurd warning was being offered to this room full of successful merchants (and several real estate professionals) by a guy who apparently has little grasp of market forces and commercial business.

What the District really needs is protection from Holleman. His personality and his proclivity to work in secret are better suited for his day job as City Attorney of Mt Juliet, TN.

By: Nitzche on 5/17/11 at 12:24

Harpeth Hall is where the illustrious Mayor Dean's kids go to school. What is wrong with sending your child to this exclusive private school, then tell us what is wrong with the public school system? Now Sarah Talley can do the same. Check your local politicians and see where they hang out as far as education is concerned....ps, Harpeth Hall is a really good school, for what it is worth!

By: dogmrb on 5/17/11 at 2:08

Harpeth Hall is a very good school if you can afford $20,000 per year to send your child to school.

By: Nitzche on 5/18/11 at 7:56

That is correct. Dick Lodge can, Karl Dean can Sarah Talley can.....so what is the question?