David Briley


Updated at 8:32 p.m.

Nashville Mayor David Briley is projected to win Nashville's special mayoral race Thursday with 55 percent of the vote. Briley will remain the city's eighth mayor.

Briley took the stage at his election watch party for a victory speech, saying: “We are going to keep moving forward. There is broad consensus that this is the right direction.”

Briley accepted victory just more than an hour after polls closed Thursday night.

Briley is followed in the polls by Carol Swain with 23 percent, Ralph Bristol with 5 percent and Erica Gilmore with nearly 5 percent.

Swain conceded Thursday night, congratulating Briley and his team for the win.

"We did so much with so little," Swain said in a live video posted to Facebook. "I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that I love Nashville and the people in this room."

7:10 p.m.

Mayor David Briley is leading with 56 percent of the vote in Nashville's special mayoral election, according to early voting returns from the Davidson County Election Commission. Carol Swain is in second with 23 percent.

See the numbers below:

Early voting numbers - Mayor

During early voting, 34,576 people voted during the 14-day period, with nearly 20,000 of those votes cast during the final three days. There are 400,000 people registered to vote in Davidson County.

If none of the 13 candidates receive at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held the following month on June 28. Early voting would take June 8 to 23 in the event a runoff occurs.

Here are the 13 candidate running for mayor:

  • Carlin J. Alford

  • David Briley

  • Ralph Bristol

  • Jeff Obafemi Carr

  • Julia Clark-Johnson

  • Erica Gilmore

  • Albert Hacker

  • David Hiland

  • Harold Love Jr.

  • Jeff Napier

  • Jon Sewell

  • Carol Swain

  • Ludye Wallace

You can read more about the candidates here.

The election date was moved up from August following the Tennessee Supreme Court's decision that it must be held in May. This timeline goes into more detail on how we got to a May 24 election day.

Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on April 10 that the city must hold a special election for mayor in May, reversing the commission and a lower court’s decision to add the election to the existing August ballot.

The court held up a 2007 voter-approved referendum that says a special election must be held within 75 and 80 days of a vacancy whenever a mayoral vacancy exists more than “12 months prior to the date of the next general metropolitan election.”

Former Mayor Megan Barry resigned on March 6 and the next general metropolitan election is slated for August 2019.

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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