I have a message for the Mayor.
It’s no secret that I am a political conservative, and I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind, even living in a moderate city and council district. I am slightly to the right of my neighbors, although you know as well as I that West Meade is not exactly a breeding ground for firebrands either way.
And yes, I voted for your main opponent, but you were slowly growing on me, until lately.
That being said, if you are actively recruiting an opponent for my Metro councilman, Emily Evans, even a conservative one, you are going to have a fight on your hands.
And you will lose.
Oh, you might get Belle Meade, and no one knows what will happen in the other neighborhoods in the 23rd council district, but you will find that West Meade, especially West Meade Park, is pretty darned pleased with Emily.
For her handling of the development of the Etherly property alone, she deserves high praise. She succeeded where so many others before her had failed, even though one of the negotiating partners in the Memorandum of Understanding had openly supported her opponent in the previous election. And the other party, the WMPNA, was shell shocked and suspicious after so many attempts to develop the property into something not good for the neighborhood.
I do not agree with Emily Evans on everything, but even on those issues of disagreement, she makes a compelling argument for her side. I wasn’t too mad about the storm water fee, for instance, because Evans convinced me of the need. (This is why it’s good to have a blogging councilman)
In all other things, she has proven to be the a very competent, responsive and compassionate representative. Even though Evans is called a progressive, she governs as one who understands the district she represents.
You have no idea how refreshing it is to hear an elected official explain the situation at Hillwood High without demagoging it either way.
Let me be clear…
If we in the 23rd district wish to kick Evans out of office, we’ll do it ourselves. (See: Eric Crafton)
Heck, one day I might even run for the seat. But, I would NEVER do so against the best councilman I’ve ever had.
Butt out, Mr Mayor.