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Davidson County, TN August 5, 1999 Special


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Bill Purcell 47346 votes 47.6%

  • Occupation: Director, Child and Family Policy Center, VIPPS
  • 1990-96, House Majority Leader - Tennessee House of Representatives
  • First urban legislator elected to serve as Majority Leader in Tennessee
  • Served 7 years as Chair of the state's Select Committee on Children and Youth
  • Led state efforts in education, criminal sentencing, health care, telecommunications reform, and workers compensation.
  • Bill and his wife Debbie have one daughter, Jesse, a sixth-grade student in Nashville's public school system.
  • The Purcells are residents of East Nashville's historic Lockeland Springs neighborhood.
  • Education: smaller classes, Family Resource Centers, early childhood development, intervention for troubled kids, teacher support and training.
  • Crime and Safety: safe neighborhoods and communities, initiatives to identify and break up gangs and to attack illegal guns
  • Neighborhoods and Communities: quality of life issues that affect people where they live and work.
Richard H. Fulton 22276 votes 22.4%
  • Occupation: Businessman
  • Served as State Senator, Member of Congress for seven terms and as Mayor for three terms
  • Chairman Emeritus of the Board of The Bank of Nashville, a bank he helped start in 1990
  • Co-Founder of the Nashville Sports Council
  • Board Member of Council of Community Services
  • Served in the United States Navy
  • Member of the Methodist Church
  • Safe, excellent schools
  • Protecting our neighborhoods
  • Smart growth for the future
Jay West 21866 votes 21.9%
  • Occupation: Vice Mayor, 1995-present
  • Executive Director-Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers
  • Member, Metro Council At Large, 1983-95
  • Born and raised in Nashville.
  • Educated at John B. Ransom Elementary School, Castle Heights Military Academy, Belmont University and Nashville School of Law
  • President-elect, Tennessee Municipal League
  • Married to the former Diane Dunnabacke of Madison, founder of a locally owned community bank, and has one daughter, Andi
  • Reduce Crime through increased police, more use of technology, crackdown on crack houses, and "hot-spot" crime targeting.
  • Improve education through implementation of community schools, new school construction, using schools after hours as community centers
  • Economic development through continued focus on both attracting new business and helping existing businesses grow.
Murray J. Philip 5697 votes 5.7%
  • Occupation: Self Employed Home Improvement Contractor
  • Elected to the Nashville Board of Education in 1996 from the 1st District.
  • Former President and Board Member - PPE (Parents for Public Education).
  • Founder and First President of FACE-UP (Focusing on Acedemic Achievement - United Parents).
  • Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Board of Education.
  • Board Representative to the Administrative Committee of the Teacher Retirement Trust.
  • I am my kids dad and wife's husband.
  • Pledged No Property Tax Increase / No Corporate Welfare.
  • Promised to Fully Fund Schools and Increase "General Revenues" by Spreading Tax Burden to Those Not Paying Their Fair Share.
  • Committed to stopping the move to become an Atlanta and Keeping Nashville as a place we want and can afford to live.
Richard M. Frank 1283 votes 1.2%
  • Occupation: Metro Board of Education
  • J.B. Whitsitt Elementary School 1995 - present
  • Education: Peabody College of Vanderblit ( 1993-1995 )
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA ( 1986-1990 )
  • BA in Political Economy
  • Married to Kristin Kirkpatrick Frank and expecting first child in July, 1999
  • Education
  • Inner City Economic Development
  • Crime Prevention and Intervention
Sherry Whittenberg 312 votes 0.3%
  • Occupation: Retired from Ford Glass after 33 years of service
  • Church of Christ
  • Senior Citizens
  • Taxes
  • Neighborhood Schools
Jessie D. McDonald 275 votes 0.2%
  • Occupation: Civil Engineer and Teacher
  • own The Yellow Cab Company - 256-3434
  • Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University
  • Masters Degree in Administration & Supervision from Tennessee State University
  • Education Specialist Degree in Administration & Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University
  • Last semester for my Doctorate in Administration & Supervision from Tennessee State University
  • Former Radio Announcer and Radio Engineer at WVOL , WWGM , WMAK , WMOO , WABQ, WOKJ
  • Reduction of Crime and Improvement in the Police Department
  • Educational Reform and bringing Metro pay level within the top 10 states in the United States.
  • Exempting senior citizens from at least one property tax.
L. Best 203 votes 0.2%
  • Occupation: State of Tennessee Employee for 22 Years
  • Former Candidate for Governor in 1998
  • Former Candidate for 52nd District State Representative 1986 ran against Mr. Bill Purcell
  • I am Opposed to Property Tax Increases..
  • I am Opposed to Privatization Of Our Metropolitan Government
  • I am for Enhanced Quality Of Life for All Nashvillians and Davidson County Citizens
James Reesor 104 votes 0.1%
  • Date of birth: 11/02/38
  • Place of birth: Herbert, Saskatchewan, Southern Canada.
  • Formal education: None claimed
  • Length of residency in Nashville: Since July 31, 1962
  • Employment history: farmhand, hospital orderly, mapping company draftsman, service station attendant, artist designer, advertising manager, singer/
  • Sex life: Married to female procreation partner.
  • Community Unity.
  • Metro Government Refinement.
  • Education.
Leonard Morgan 67 votes 0.0%
  • Occupation: Facility Manager
  • Management both in the private sector and municipalities
  • Improving Nashville Education/Public Services
  • Moratorium on Nashville Growth
  • Improvements in Nashville Neighborhoods

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