Nashville Mayor David Briley won the special mayoral race Thursday, securing 54 percent and more than 44,000 votes total. Briley will remain the city’s eighth mayor until the next mayoral election in August 2019.
Briley was followed in the polls by Carol Swain with 23 percent, Ralph Bristol with 5 percent and Erica Gilmore with 6 percent.
Here are the voting returns, according to the Davidson County Election Commission:
Briley accepted victory just more than an hour after polls closed Thursday night. The mayor gave a victory speech at Cabana in Hillsboro Village where his supporters gathered.
Mayor Briley: “I am extremely humbled and grateful to what the voters of Nashville did today” pic.twitter.com/CGezVGiF4K— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) May 25, 2018
In an official statement following the election, Briley said:
“Early tomorrow I’ll go back to work on our back-to-basics agenda, and the commitment that Nashville’s continued success should benefit our entire city. Together we can make that happen by sharpening focus on stronger schools, affordability, managing growth and traffic solutions that keep us moving. I look forward to working with our Metro Council to make progress on those issues that are important to families and neighborhoods across our great city.”
Swain, who had the second highest number of votes at 19,795, conceded Thursday night, thanking her supporters and 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."
Here are a few moments from the mayor's watch party provided by Tony Gonzales of WPLN, The Tennessean's Holly Meyer and News Channel 5's Chris Conte:
Mayor Briley wants Nashille and its leaders to come together to work on schools, neighborhoods, and quality of life. He reiterates how tough the budget has been. pic.twitter.com/k7o9SKmm0Y— Tony Gonzalez (@TGonzalez) May 25, 2018
Briley: The city went through a tough period of time, but we all came together and decide not to give up and move forward.— Holly Meyer (@HollyAMeyer) May 25, 2018
"We need to work harder to build trust among ourselves and our government" - David Briley speaking to supporters— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) May 25, 2018
Briley concluded his speech challenging residents of Nashville to take the time to go out and meet someone new:
Briley’s final ask is for everyone to go talk to someone in the city they don’t know. pic.twitter.com/CFpJKe2V0B— Holly Meyer (@HollyAMeyer) May 25, 2018
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.