One of the byproducts of a large Metro Council with all its elections at the same time is that often races get overlooked.
Most of Nashville doesn’t know a Carl Burch from a Jim Forkum. And because Metro’s legislative power is spread thinner than that of many state Senates, sometimes our council folks get a little grabby with the headlines. (That’s what led Mayor Beverly Briley to famously describe the body with a sobriquet unfit for a family publication.)
For now, the bulk of the council races are behind us. The at-large members stayed firmly ensconced in their seats, preventing a countywide runoff. And that means all the attention is distilled down to the district races, where no candidate reached that magical 50-percent-plus-one number.
And maybe those races were worthy of attention all along.
There was a feeling in the last days of election season that District 5 would be one to watch. The once and perhaps future Councilwoman Pam Murray getting into hot oil with her promise of fried fish sandwiches in exchange for a ride to the polls. The all-too-common accusations of sign-stealing — in this case accompanied by allegedly incriminating photographs of her opponent, Scott Davis — seemed to conveniently always come with coverage from WSMV-Channel 4. Oddly, Murray didn’t seem to take a shine to Snowbird’s colleagues’ journalism. On election night, she told a WSMV-Channel 4 reporter she wouldn’t be interviewed because the station had “done her wrong.”
With the outcome of the Davis-Murray battle still pending, the stories from the east side will continue.
The story down in Antioch’s District 33 before Aug. 4 was a Karl Dean-backed candidate, Page Turner, challenging one of the council’s strongest conservative voices, Robert Duvall. Since then, Turner accused Duvall supporters of calling her Dean’s “black Charlie’s Angel” and a word even more offensive than Briley’s famous council description. Duvall characterized the accusation as “a bunch of crap.”
There are three other runoffs in the offing Sept. 15 — in Districts 4, 6 and 13. So far, those have yet to produce much in the way of copy, but there’s plenty of time.
The silly season has a way of getting sillier as the focus narrows.