Two announce as candidates in House District 54 (being vacated by Rep. Brenda Gilmore)

Metro Councilman Scott Davis announced Monday he will run for the House District 54 seat now held by Democratic Rep. Brenda Gilmore of Nashville, who is running for the state Senate instead next year, reports the Nashville Post, and Whitney Pastorek, Davidson County Democratic Party social media strategist, declared shortly afterwards that she’s running, too.

Pastorek has butted heads with Davis over development in her East Hill neighborhood since moving there from Los Angeles three years ago, successfully fighting with neighborhood advocates to kill a high-density development on Elvira Avenue. Davis recently moved into the neighborhood.

“In the three-plus years that I’ve lived in East Hill, Scott Davis has consistently favored developers over residents, steamrolling neighborhoods with zoning changes to pad the bottom line of builders while never once taking into account the residents who live on our formerly-quiet streets,” Pastorek commented, also noting Davis’ possible involvement in the illegal chopping down of a tree in Cleveland Park last week.

…Pastorek is a Houston native and former entertainment journalist who now works in the country music industry.

Davis, a Nashville native, has served on Metro Council since 2011, narrowly winning reelection by fewer than 100 votes in 2015. He works at the Multicultural Media Group (formerly Pride Publishing), which puts out the Nashville PRIDE newspaper focusing on the African-American community in town. The Multicultural Media Group was founded by Davis’ father in 1990 and now has publications in Nashville, Clarksville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro.

“I’m running for state representative because I believe that government should be a place where people come together, where things are accomplished, and communities move forward,” Davis said in a news release.

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