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Students Write Profiles for Nashville’s Mayoral Candidates

In a partnership with The Tennessean, seven Belmont students were recently selected to write short, pithy profiles of each of the seven candidates vying for Nashville’s open mayoral seat. Participating students include MacLean Pillon, Sarah Ellis, Morgan Bolen, Mara White, Jonathan Joyce, Kirk Bado and Hayden Rutledge, all studying political science or journalism at the University.

Working with Opinion Engagement Editor at The Tennessean David Plazas, students listened to candidate interviews and turned them into short profiles that highlighted main platform stances and remaining questions. With a millennial’s viewpoint in mind, topics included education, affordable housing and transportation, among other things that are top-of-mind for the demographic.

Moving forward, the students will join Plazas in a podcast interview produced by the Tennessean and will be present at the June NashForward debate, held on Belmont’s campus. At the event, the students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates in the town hall setting.

For Pillon’s profile on Megan Barry, click here.

For Eillis’s profile on Charles Robert Bone, click here.

For Bolen’s profile on David Fox, click here.

For White’s profile on Bill Freeman, click here.

For Joyce’s profile on Howard Gentry, click here.

For Rutledge’s profile on Jeremy Kane, click here.

For Bado’s profile on Rebrovick, click here.

For an overview on the student’s profiles, click here.