Hollin to advise Rich campaign; Westerholm lands endorsements

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 5:39pm

Dave Rich, a candidate in the Metro Council’s District 6 runoff, has tapped outgoing Councilman Jamie Hollin as senior advisor, bolstering his staff by adding someone with a track record of winning uphill elections.

Meanwhile, Rich’s opponent, Peter Westerholm, has announced some notable support of his own, sending a press release on Tuesday to detail the endorsements of District 7 Councilman Erik Cole and former East Nashville council members David Briley and Jeff Ockerman. 

Hollin, the only person in Metro history to knock off an office holder through a recall election, has signed on to Rich’s team in the waning days of the race for the East Nashville seat held by term-limited Councilman Mike Jameson. Early voting starts Friday, Aug. 26. The runoff election is Sept. 15. Many perceive Rich as the underdog because he finished second in the general election.

Jameson has not endorsed a candidate in the race.

Hollin, who opted against re-election, has represented East Nashville’s bordering District 5 for nearly two years on the council. Hollin was instrumental in spearheading a successful fairgrounds referendum making it more difficult to redevelop the site.

“Dave ran the kind of spirited, outsider campaign I respect,” Hollin said in a statement, adding, “He’s simply a far better candidate for the 6th district.

“With all the resources coming into the other candidate’s campaign from interests with no real ties to the 6th District, it should prove to be a very close race,” Hollin added. “I have some experience with close races constrained by tight timelines.”

Westerholm bested Rich by a 900-697 margin during the Aug. 4 election but failed to get more than 50 percent of the overall vote, setting up the runoff. Third-place finisher Hans Schmidt collected 526 votes. Schmidt has endorsed Westerholm.

Schmidt said Westerholm shares a similar vision in terms of sustainable growth, among others issues. Cole said Westerholm represents the values of the neighborhood.

“Peter has been actively involved in our community for many years,” Cole said. “He will bring a strong set of skills to the council, and he will be an effective leader for both East Nashville and the city.”  

In statements, Briley and Ockerman also called Westerholm a neighborhood advocate. 

19 Comments on this post:

By: girliegirl on 8/23/11 at 6:46

Let's see, Hot Head Hollin, who tried to physically provoke the the most revered man, Gotto, in a parking lot of all places, vs. Erik Cole and former East Nashville council members David Briley and Jeff Ockerman, whom are all known to be trustworthy and dignified and NOT violent. Wow.

Looks like Westerholm is a safe bet.

By: NashNow on 8/23/11 at 8:04

Dave Rich is the voice that east Nashvillians need in the council. Just watch the debate on YouTube! He's intelligent and effective and has the courage of Mike Jameson. This is a crucial election and east Nashville needs to have a strong voice at the table! By all accounts, Pete Westerholm is another nice guy (like Hans Schmidt)....but he lacks the backbone we need. His flat career with state government has not equipped him for the council. Just hoping folks will take a good look at these candidates. This race really matters!

By: PKVol on 8/23/11 at 8:12

“'With all the resources coming into the other candidate’s campaign from interests with no real ties to the 6th District, it should prove to be a very close race,' Hollin added."

And as a resident and representative from the 5th Council District, what ties does Mr. Hollin have to the 6th District?

Of course, what Jamie wants, Jamie will scream and holler for. A man that will support people who are bullied, but is not ashamed at all of bullying others.

By: political1iam on 8/23/11 at 11:31

Looks like Mr. Rich is getting desperate. Bringing Trash Mouth Hollin into his campaign is a serious mistake.
Hollin won by a single vote over a candidate that self-destructed. Most of his former supporters would not have supported him in another race. That is why he did not run again.
He brings no positives and many negatives to the campaign.
Rich has guaranteeded Westerholm a win.

By: NashNow on 8/23/11 at 12:26

Dave Rich showed skill and political savvy by bringing in Jamie Hollin. District 6 needs a council member with that kind of moxie. When the ultra conservative right wingers on Capitol Hill start micro-managing our city I want them to be met by council members like Megan Barry and Dave Rich!

By: racer84 on 8/23/11 at 1:58

Pkvol- never let the facts get in the way of a misguided rant...

What ties?

Being that the story above clearly stated district 5 borders district 6....for one

Having friends and family members in district 6..for another

And lastly having friends and family members who run and manage businesses in district 6 certainly gives him a much better perspective than many as well.

How many residents in district 6 have you spoken to?

I have joined with Jamie and Dave and I can assure you we've spoken to more residents of district 6 than you have......many,many more.

Hows that for perspective?

By: racer84 on 8/23/11 at 2:10

If you want to talk about being out of touch with reality and potential constitutes then let me give a prefect example : just a short weeks ago over 71% of voters county wide voted AGAINST Karl deans plan for the fairgrounds.

To make that clear let Me restate....71% oppose deans plans.....

Peter states he supports the mayor and opposes what over 70% of his potential constitutes wish.

Dave suupprts what the people want......do you want a councilman who will vote for what you want or what the mayor wants?

This race is very clear to those who can think for themselves

By: diddy on 8/23/11 at 2:16

Dear NashNow,
It's kind of hilarious that you say that Mr. Rich will stand up to the "ultra conservative right wingers on Capitol Hill". Were you aware that Mr. Rich has taken repeated swipes at public employees, during his campaign? Did you know that he also pledged to not raise Property Taxes?

Where have we heard this before? (Hint: the ultra conservative right wingers on Capital Hill)...

By: diddy on 8/23/11 at 3:02

One more thing to clear up, from the article...

Early voting begins Friday, August 26th and ends Saturday, September 10th.
Run-Off Election date is Thursday, September 15th.

Full schedule: http://www.nashville.gov/vote/early.asp

By: NashNow on 8/23/11 at 4:50

Dear "diddy,"

You make a weak case based on vague assertions. In any event, vote as you wish (if you even live in district 6?). Dave Rich remains the only candidate that has offered real and specific answers to tough questions. No need to be ambigous...if nothing else, watch the District 6 candidate debate on YouTube and then rejoin the conversation with specifics.

ps. it's Capitol Hill, not Capital Hill.

By: Nitzche on 8/23/11 at 4:52

not going to raise property taxes? i am going back to the northeast, i refuse to live in a city with fiscal constraints!

By: girliegirl on 8/23/11 at 5:15

Rich does seem to be the good choice, but Hollin is known for being a thug. (insider information here)

By: diddy on 8/23/11 at 5:57

Sorry about that... Here are specifics...

Litigator vs. Government Employee (also on HENMA video) - Paragraph #4:

No Property Tax Pledge - Paragraph #9:

Oh and I do live in District 6. There are 2 votes for Pete in my household!

By: NashNow on 8/23/11 at 6:24


Love that you came back with these specifics. But honestly, I don't think they connect to my earlier post. I'm not slighting state employees at all. That Pete Westerholm is a state worker is fine with me. But his statements about his career are so vague and general...like he really has nothing to tell about his career experiences.

I admire Dave Rich, an attorney in private practice, for giving real and detailed answers during this campaign. Most political types avoid real answers. I also think he's right about having another debate. It just gives voters more insight into who they are electing. He's honest about not wanting to increase taxes. Pete Westerholm's response is like "maybe I will, maybe I won't" which usually turns into "I will" once elected. And trust me, I'm no conservative rightwinger, but still, I'm not yearning for another property tax increase either.

Glad you and your household are involved in the process. Me and mine are voting for Dave Rich. Thanks for the discussion.

By: Nitzche on 8/24/11 at 6:44

I live in district 6, so do my parents, sister and brother in law, my 2 college children and sisters 2 college children...those are a lot of votes in 1 family----4+2+4=10....there are some benefits of being a lifelong resident of district 6 for one of these candidates, which one?

By: NashNow on 8/24/11 at 9:32

Nitzche...hope you will seriously consider these candidates. I feel like the next 4 years are crucial to this district. Personally I hope you load up the fam and go vote for Dave Rich. Good luck district 6 neighbor!

By: diddy on 8/24/11 at 11:11

Wow! That's a large family/vote. Now I know how the car salesman felt when we bought our multiple cars at one location...

If you are looking for contrasts, there are some upcoming forums that will feature both candidates. Details to come...

Of course, both candidates have Facebook pages and email lists you could subscribe to.

By: WeekendLawnCareGuy on 8/28/11 at 9:09

NashNow, I am not sure anyone should trust a thing you post. You say people should vote for someone like Dave Rich or Megan Berry (see above post), yet Megan Berry publicly supports Westerholm. She is a host for a fundraiser for Westerholm. It appears that she has used her experience in the city to see Westerholm as the superior candidate to Rich.

By: whitetrash on 8/28/11 at 11:13

Racer84 and Jamie Hollin please keep going door to door and advising Dave Rich it will only gain more votes and support for Peter Westerholm.