Nashville Business Alliance Political Action Committee Makes Candidate Endorsements For Mayor, Vice Mayor, Metro Council Races

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NASHVILLE (July 10, 2019) – The Nashville Business Alliance Political Action Committee announced today its slate of endorsements for Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Metro Council who would support policy, programmatic, and procedural shifts to ensure minority and women business owners have an equitable opportunity to thrive.

The political action committee was a major supporter of the historic Equal Business Opportunity program. The program, which went live on Friday, requires Metro Nashville to implement race- and gender-conscious subcontracting goals, based on market availability, for all Metro contracts. The PAC hopes the endorsed candidates will champion the Equal Business Opportunity program, and other changes to support small business owners.

“We believe each of these candidates will help us reach our ultimate goal of economic equity, procurement inclusivity, and strong business development for minority and women-owned businesses,” said Pinnacle Construction co-founder Michael Carter, who also serves as president of the political action committee. “We are excited about Nashville’s future, and we are thrilled to offer our support to these fine individuals.”

The Nashville Business Alliance endorsements are as follows:

MAYOR

David Briley

VICE MAYOR

Jim Schulman

METRO COUNCIL AT-LARGE

Berkley Allen

Fabian Bedne

Sharon Hurt

Bob Mendes

Zulfat Suara

COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

Johnathan Hall

COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

Kyonzte Toombs

COUNCIL DISTRICT 3

Elise Hudson

COUNCIL DISTRICT 4

Robert Swope

COUNCIL DISTRICT 5

Charles Flowers

COUNCIL DISTRICT 6

No Endorsement

COUNCIL DISTRICT 7

Emily Benedict

COUNCIL DISTRICT 8

Nancy Vanreece

COUNCIL DISTRICT 9

David McMurry

COUNCIL DISTRICT 10

Zach Young

COUNCIL DISTRICT 11

No Endorsement

COUNCIL DISTRICT 12

Erin Evans

COUNCIL DISTRICT 13

Russ Bradford

COUNCIL DISTRICT 14

No Endorsement

COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

Jeff Syracuse

COUNCIL DISTRICT 16

Ginny Welsch

COUNCIL DISTRICT 17

Colby Sledge

COUNCIL DISTRICT 18

No Endorsement

COUNCIL DISTRICT 19

Freddie O’Connell

COUNCIL DISTRICT 20

Mary Carolyn Roberts

COUNCIL DISTRICT 21

Ed Kindall

COUNCIL DISTRICT 22

Gloria Hausser

COUNCIL DISTRICT 23

Mina Johnson

COUNCIL DISTRICT 24

No Endorsement

COUNCIL DISTRICT 25

No Endorsement

COUNCIL DISTRICT 26

Jeremy Elrod

COUNCIL DISTRICT 27

No Endorsement

COUNCIL DISTRICT 28

Tanaka Vercher

COUNCIL DISTRICT 29

Delisha Porterfield

COUNCIL DISTRICT 30

Sandra Sepulveda

COUNCIL DISTRICT 31

John Rutherford

COUNCIL DISTRICT 32

Cheryl Mayes

Joy Styles

COUNCIL DISTRICT 33

Martez Coleman

COUNCIL DISTRICT 34

Terry Jo Bichell

COUNCIL DISTRICT 35

Dave Rosenburg 

To learn more about the Nashville Business Alliance Political Action Committee, visit nashvillebusinessalliance.com. For more media inquiries, contact Ashley Northington via e-mail at ashley@denorbrands.com.

ABOUT NASHVILLE BUSINESS ALLIANCE

The purpose of the organization is to advocate for public policy and private sector support of minority and women-owned companies seeking to do business with government agencies and private businesses by expanding contracting opportunities and increasing the procurement dollars spent with these businesses.

A group of prominent business leaders launched the organization last fall. Those businesspeople include: Michael Carter, Co-founder of Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC; Jerry Maynard, Chief Executive Officer of The Maynard Group; Lee Molette of Molette Investment Services; Turner Nashe, Executive Vice President of Global Tel*Link; Harvey Hoskins, Managing Partner of Hoskins and Company PC; and Jacky Akbari, former Director of Governmental Relations and Workforce Development of the Nashville Career Advancement Center.

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