Rep. John Ray Clemmons

Photo courtesy of johnrayfortennessee.com

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons is running for mayor of Nashville. Clemmons, the only candidate to formally join Mayor David Briley in the race, announced his bid in an interview with The Tennessean.

“I’m proud to announce my candidacy for mayor of Nashville in 2019," Clemmons tweeted Wednesday morning. "Nashville families expect and deserve a strong, decisive leader in the Mayor’s Office; someone with a vision for the future of our city that’s grounded in our core values of equity, opportunity, and justice."

“Nashvillians are ready to step up and demand bold leadership on transportation, education, affordable housing, and public safety, issues requiring immediate attention and action."

Nashville residents will head to the polls in August. The deadline to qualify for mayoral candidacy is in May.

In 2014, Clemmons defeated incumbent Gary Odom to represent the 55th district in the Tennessee House. The district includes the Hillsboro Village area and parts of West Nashville like West Meade, Hillwood and the Nations.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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