Ex-councilman withdraws as candidate to fill Moreland's seat - WSMV Channel 4

Former Metro councilman withdraws as candidate for Moreland's seat

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Former Metro councilman Adam Dread has withdrawn his name as a candidate to fill the position vacated by former General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland.

Dread sent an email to council members and the vice mayor on Tuesday morning announcing his decision.

Metro council members will be voting Tuesday night to choose Moreland’s replacement. There are six candidates remaining, including Michael Clemons, Sam Coleman, Ana Escobar, Martesha Johnson and Tillman Payne III.

Dread had ties to the now-indicted former judge. He once sat on the board of the controversial Drug Court Foundation, which raised money in support of Drug Court. Moreland’s friend, attorney Bryan Lewis, was formerly the president of that foundation.

Here is the text of Dread's email:

Dear Vice Mayor Briley, Chairman Shulman, and Councilmembers;
 
As you know from my application and interview, my primary intent in seeking to serve the short-term remainder of the Division X was to serve the city by continuing the good works of the Drug Court, and to handle the DUI docket. Recently, we have been informed that this seat will no longer specifically handling those. After much thought, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this appointment.   Thank you for your consideration and service to the city.

The council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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