Judge rules special Nashville mayor election should be held Aug. 2

A judge Wednesday dismissed two lawsuits that sought to force an expedited special election for mayor in May, instead sticking with Aug. 2 as the date for choosing a successor to Megan Barry, who resigned in disgrace after pleading guilty to a felony.

From The Tennessean report:

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman made the ruling from the bench, citing Tennessee Supreme Court case precedent that she said supported the Davidson County Election Commission’s 3-2 vote last Friday to hold the election on Aug. 2.

…”The commission’s decision stands,” Bonnyman said, “and it appears that the vacancy in the office of the mayor must be filled at the next metropolitan general election, which occurs on Aug. 2, 2018.”

A ruling the other way would have upended Nashville’s political scene, sending potential mayoral candidates into a frenzy ahead of a race that would have been just two months away. Mayor David Briley, the former vice mayor who was sworn in to replace Barry after her resignation, has said he is running for the position.

But the legal fight isn’t over. Attorney Jamie Hollin, representing plaintiff Ludye Wallace, said he plans to file a special appeal Thursday to the state Supreme Court, bypassing the Tennessee Court of Appeals because of the timelines of the case.

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