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The Fisher Center at Belmont University to Host 2023 Nashville Mayoral Debates 

Debates set for May 18, June 22, July 6 and August 24

Belmont University will host a televised debate on May 18 for the leading candidates for Nashville mayor. Candidates will join co-moderator David Plazas from The Tennessean and Carrie Sharp from News Channel 5 on stage for a 90-minute question and answer session.  

Of the fifteen candidates that have petitioned to run for mayor, nine will participate in Thursday’s debate. Debate participants were chosen based on two factors: 

  • The candidate raised at least $50,000 by the March 31 reporting period of the Davidson County Election Commission.  
  • The candidate presently holds an elective office in a county or legislative capacity. 

“It is not a perfect formula,” Plazas said. “But we believe it will allow us to focus on candidates who have made a concerted and organized effort to court voters’ support and/or who have a record of current public service.” 

The panel of candidates include State Senator for District 20 Heidi Campbell, at-large Metro Council member Sharon Hurt, District 19 Council member Freddie O’Connell, Davidson County property assessor Vivian Wilhoite, State Senator for District 21 Jeff Yarbro, former educator Natisha Brooks, AllianceBernstein COO Jim Gingrich, business strategist and former political aide Alice Rolli and former economic development and housing executive Matt Wiltshire.  

The debate series is sponsored by The Tennessean, NewsChannel 5 and the League of Women Voters of Nashville, with Belmont University hosting May and June debates and American Baptist College hosting the July 6 event. in-person tickets for the Nashville Mayoral Debate on May 18 can be reserved here. The event will also air on NewsChannel 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. Get updated mayoral debate information from The Tennessean.  

Nashville Mayoral Debate Dates and Locations  

  • May 18 at Belmont’s Fisher Center 
  • June 22 at Belmont’s Fisher Center 
  • July 6 at American Baptist College 
  • August 24 at Belmont’s Fisher Center 

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