Jay West, Nashville politician and local government lobbyist, dies aged 65

Jay West, veteran Nashville politician and lobbyist for local government, has died at age 65, reports The Tennessean. Cause of death was not given, though he had recently been admitted to Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

West, son of former Nashville Mayor Ben West and brother of former Democratic state Rep. Ben West Jr. of Nashville, served as an at-large councilman from 1983 to 1995 before being elected vice mayor in 1995.

West was part of an old guard of politicians from East Nashville, the onetime power base of the city. He replaced longtime Vice Mayor David Scobey and served one four-year term as vice mayor.

West then ran for mayor in 1999, finishing third behind winner Bill Purcell and Dick Fulton. West also had a career as a prominent lobbyist at the Tennessee General Assembly  (mostly on behalf of local government as the longtime executive director of the County Officials Association of Tennessee.)

… In a statement, Mayor Megan Barry said she was saddened to learn about West’s death.

“Hailing from a family of public servants, Jay served our city with dignity and honor as a former council member at-large and vice mayor of Metro Nashville,” Barry said. “As executive director of the County Officials Association of Tennessee, he served to empower local leaders and give a steady voice to the principles of local control. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Note: Most of West’s lobbying was on behalf of local government as the longtime executive director of the County Officials Association of Tennessee. A full obituary, including funeral arrangements, is HERE.

One Response to Jay West, Nashville politician and local government lobbyist, dies aged 65

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    Barbara J Anthony, Roane County Clerk says:

    Jay West will certainly be missed by everyone, but he will be greatly missed by the County Officials of Tennessee. He worked tirelessly to keep us informed and up to date. May he rest in peace.

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