Morelia Cuevas, a resident of East Nashville's Lockeland Springs neighborhood, announced Tuesday that she is withdrawing as a candidate for Metro Council District 6 representative.
"Being a Metro Councilor is important to me," said Cuevas, "but with my current responsibilities in growing the family business and furthering my work with my Rhinestone Cure charitable foundation for diabetes, I would not be able to properly represent the good people of this amazing district."
Cuevas, who is part of her father's legendary West-end based fashion empire, Manuel Couture, is working on several projects to document the family's business and personal journey. Morelia also alluded to the possibility of expanding the Manuel product line, which boasts such celebrity clients as Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Waggoner, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban and Marty Stuart, to name just a few.
Morelia also announced that she joined forces with East Nashville entrepreneur Larry De Palma, of Edgefield-based TDG-Phenix, and the duo are creating a new grassroots community development organization, which they are calling "Destination East Side."
"Our goals are to take what's great about East Nashville, and make it better," said De Palma. "We will be working on small business development opportunities in the district, and will work to bring capital and funding to entrepreneurs through ‘business incubators', mentoring programs and training and development opportunities."
"I look forward to working extensively with the new Council, whoever that may be" Cuevas said.
Because the deadline to withdrawal has already passed, Cuevas' name will still be listed on the ballot.