Marilyn Robinson, the former NAACP Nashville chapter president vying for a Metro Council seat, has picked up the endorsements of several Davidson County Democratic state officeholders.
State Sen. Joe Haynes, along with Democratic Reps. Janis Sontany, Brenda Gilmore, Gary Moore, Gary Odom, Mary Pruitt, Mike Turner and Mike Stewart announced Thursday their endorsements for Robinson, who is facing Josh Stites in the Metro Council’s District 13 runoff election.
Haynes and Sontany represent areas that include parts of the council’s District 13.
“Most of us do not routinely endorse in local races,” Haynes said in a statement. “But at this time, when it is often difficult to reach political consensus, it is especially important to have council members who know state and local government and who work well with their state delegation.”
The race for District 13, previously held by outgoing Councilman Carl Burch, has a noticeable partisan element.
While state Democrats have rallied behind Robinson, Nashville Republicans, including Davidson County GOP chair Kathleen Starnes, are outspoken about their support for Stites.
Early voting for the council’s five runoff elections runs through Sept. 10. Only 1,142 people had voted as of Wednesday. Election Day is Sept. 15.