Mary Carolyn Roberts, who in a lawsuit claimed out-of-district prisoners voted improperly among other allegations, announced Wednesday she has decided to drop her challenge in the Metro Council’s District 20 race.
Roberts, a candidate who narrowly lost to incumbent Councilman Buddy Baker by a 696-650 vote margin in the Aug. 4 Metro general election, cited financial considerations.
“Everything comes down to money sometimes,” Roberts said. “I hate it, but it’s expensive. I just can’t hang on anymore.”
Roberts said she called Baker to congratulate him.
In a written statement, Baker’s attorney Stephen Zralek said her decision to drop the suit proved what he and his client believed all along.
“Ms. Roberts’ decision to drop her election contest confirms our belief that her lawsuit had no merit,” Zralek said. “Councilman Baker has already begun his second term, and he looks forward to serving his constituents."
In her suit against the Davidson County Election Commission, Roberts alleged out-of-district prisoners who voted in District 20 shouldn’t have been able to do so. The prisoners originally registered in District 20, but are serving time in Hickman County.
She also said some former District 20 residents who moved out of the district, voted in the District 20 election nonetheless.
Despite pulling the chord on her suit, Roberts told The City Paper she still believes it was sound.
Moving forward, Roberts didn’t rule out running for the same West Nashville council seat in 2015.
“Quite possibly, that would be something I would pursue,” Roberts said.