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Growth tops voters' concerns in Nashville mayoral race

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With Nashville growing like never before, voters said growth and development are the top concerns in the upcoming mayoral race.

Channel 4 reached out to voters on our website to find out what will drive them to the polls. Within a few weeks of the survey being up, we have received hundreds of responses.

With 30 percent of the responses, growth and development were the biggest concerns. And you don't have to look hard to find it.

Driving anywhere in downtown Nashville, you're sure to see construction, scaffolding, new high rises and office spaces on Nashville's changing skyline.

Crime was the next most popular issue, followed by traffic, schools, housing costs and public transportation.

Those same sentiments were echoed by Nashvillians on Monday.

"For people that work here, parking is very important," John Randolph said. "It's hard to find a parking spot and you have to walk quite a ways to work from your parking lot."

Randolph works for the state near the Nashville Sounds' new ballpark. He said traffic and transportation are his biggest concerns.

"Mass transit would be for the future because the city is growing so fast that we need some kind of mass transit system," he said. "Otherwise, our highways are just going to get clogged more and more."

With five months to go until the Nashville mayoral election, there are currently seven candidates vying for the the job.

Channel 4 also asked voters to write one question they would like us to pose to all candidates. We received a variety of responses, but many focused on the sprawl.

Questions included, "what are your plans to reduce traffic problems?" and "what do you plan to do about the rise in housing costs, particularly for young professionals?"

That was Amy Wilson's top concern.

"I would definitely say housing," Wilson said. "It seems like it's very expensive for what the profit margin is here."

Two mayoral candidates recently rolled out their first TV ads. Jeremy Kane's 30-second ad highlights his background in education as a founder of LEAD Charter Schools.

Charles Bone's 60-second ad connected all the communities that make up Nashville.

Candidates like Megan Barry and Bill Freeman have longer form videos on their websites.

The ads are just the starting point for a busy and crowded race.

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