Nashville School Board Candidates


Updated at 9:30 p.m.

Gini Pupo-Walker claimed victory in the race for District 8 school board, defeating opponent Adam Barese with more than 62 percent of the votes.

Pupo-Walker will represent schools in Green Hills area and replace Mary Pierce, who announced earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

Pierce stopped by Pupo-Walker's watch party to congratulate the candidate on her victory, as seen in the Facebook post below:

The race for Nashville's vice mayor appears to be heading to a run-off. With more than half of the precincts reporting, neither Councilwoman Sheri Weiner nor At-Large Councilman Jim Shulman have secured more than 50 percent of the votes.

As of 9:30 p.m., Weiner is at 45 percent. Shulman has received nearly 42 percent.

Updated at 8:45 p.m.

Gini Pupo-Walker remains in the lead for District 8 school board with 63 percent of the vote. 

With a third of Davidson County precincts reporting, the race for vice mayor remains close. Councilwoman Sheri Weiner is at 45 percent, just four points ahead of At-Large Councilman Jim Shulman. If voting totals hold up, that could mean a runoff between Weiner and Shulman.

Nashville musician Matthew DelRossi has received 12 percent of the votes in the race for vice mayor.

Original story:

Gini Pupo-Walker is leading with nearly 63 percent of the vote in the race for District 8 school board, according to early voting returns from the Davidson County Election Commission. Adam Barese holds nearly 37 percent, with write-in candidates receiving less than 1 percent of votes.

The elected candidate will represent schools in the Green Hills area and replace Mary Pierce, who announced earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

In the race for vice mayor, early voting totals show Sheri Weiner with just more than 46 percent of the votes. Jim Shulman is in second at nearly 42 percent. The third candidate, Matthew DelRossi, holds 11.5 percent of votes.

Early voting totals also show Rachael Ann Elrod (District 2 school board candidate) and Fran Bush (District 6 school board candidate) leading their respective district races. District 4 candidate Anna Shepherd is running unopposed.   

Read out Q-and-As with Pupo-Walker and Barese here.

About the candidates

Weiner was elected to Metro Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. As acting vice mayor, she presides over the council while representing part of the Bellevue area.

Shulman was elected in 2015 as an at-large councilman for Davidson County. He represented District 25 –which includes the Green Hills area–on the Council from 1999 to 2007 where he chaired Budget, Transportation and Public Works committees.

DelRossi, a local musician and political newcomer, is campaigning on three core issues—affordable housing, education and transportation.

Barese serves as a PTO treasurer at Glendale Elementary, where he also manages a volunteer-led problem solving competition called Destination Imagination.

Pupo-Walker is a former Metro Nashville Public Schools educator and is the senior director of education programs and policy at Conexion Americas, a local non-profit that works with Latinos.

Nearly 50,000 Davidson County residents voted early for Tennessee's Aug. 2 primaries and general elections.


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