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Mayoral candidate offers phone number for 10-minute conversations

Posted: Updated: Mar 16, 2015 10:51 PM

This summer, Nashvillians will chose their next mayor from a field of seven candidates.

That's a lot of choices. Which is why David Fox is trying to stand out early by posting his cell phone number online.

Channel 4's Tracy Kornet called him up and discovered he's a man in demand.

Last Thursday, Fox offered up his cell phone number to the public, extending a 10-minute window to anyone wanting to talk or vent.

"It has kept me busy," Fox said. "In fact, I'm probably a day behind in getting back to all of the voicemails.

"We wanted to make sure we're transparent and accessible. Email's great, but I'd rather people call me directly."

The former school board chairman and hedge fund manager said so far, some 60 people have called his cell.

No potty mouths, so far. But pothole talk? Yes, as well as questions about transportation, public education and crime.

"Not one has been a crank call," Fox said. "Transit has been 40 percent of the calls. And a good number of people are talking about the debt level of the city."

Fox has just one condition of this phone date: He gets to tell you why he's running.

He proceeded to give us some of his 30-second speed date speech.

"When I travel around the city, everyone's so proud of how Nashville's improved," Fox said. "But there's some concern that growth from here might make us bigger but not make us better. And that's why I'm running for mayor- to protect our Nashville way of life."

Since this was a phone date, we couldn't say goodbye without asking that awkward question.

"Who's paying this cell phone bill?" Kornet asked.

Fox laughed. "That'll come out of my pocket, I'm sure."

You can reach Fox via cell at 615-828-1193 or email at

And yes, he also texts.

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