Incumbent beat in race for Nashville’s vice mayor

Current Vice Mayor Jim Shulman and Councilmember Angie Henderson faced off in the race for Nashville vice mayor.
Published: Aug. 3, 2023 at 6:03 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Nashville voters went to the polls on Thursday to select five at-large council members and 35 district representatives.

Councilmember Angie Henderson, who was term-limited for her seat, defeated Vice Mayor Jim Shulman. She earned 52% of the vote in the victory.

The vice mayor presides over the Metro Council meetings and is first in line to become mayor if there is a resignation.

Henderson has been a Metro Council member representing District 34 since 2015. She is a fundraising and marketing professional and worked several years in the Development Office of Belmont University as the Director of Foundation Relations. She has also served as President of The Green Hills Action Partners and Belle Meade Highlands Neighborhood Association.

In the Council-At-Large race, incumbent Zaufat Suara was the only candidate to garner enough votes to avoid the runoff election on Sept. 14. Suara was the leading vote-getter with more than 40,000 votes and 11% of the vote.

Delishia Porterfield, Burkley Alley, Olivia Hill, Howard Jones, Quin Evans-Segall, Russ Pulley, Chris Cheng and Jeff Syracuse qualified for the runoff election.

In the at-large Council race, a candidate must receive “one-fifth of the aggregate number of votes received by all candidates for the office of councilmembers-at-large,” according to the Metro Charter. As many as 10 candidates could advance to a runoff election, depending on the number of votes received.

Nine current council members face opposition in district races in Thursday’s election.

Zach Young, representing District 10 in the Goodlettsville area, was defeated by Jennifer Frensley Webb. Unofficial vote totals showed Webb winning 1,399-1,121.

Incumbents Sean Parker, Emily Benedict, Tonya Hancock, Jordan Huffman, Ginny Welsch, Tom Cash, Brandon Taylor, Thom Drueffel and John Rutherford all won contested races to remain in office.

Davette Blalock and Mike Cortese (District 4), Jeff Eslick and Eric A. Patton (District 11), and Tasha Ellis and John Reed (District 29) will face-off in the Sept. 14 runoff election.