____ schools or the affordability. So, it’s the schools as much as the affordability. Those that have young children, they’re looking to live in communities where the education is better. And when it comes to education, we constantly hear that we need more and more money because of teachers’ pay. Teachers’ pay is always the excuse for more and more money. Well, the school board gets almost a billion dollars a year. They have a spending problem. They have money, and if they wanted to pay teachers better, they could pay teachers better. If they wanted to repair schools, they could repair schools. They are not being held accountable. They are well organized because of the teachers unions and so they always talk about teachers’ pay, yet teachers’ pay never improves. There’s a problem and a disconnect. They need to be held accountable. I actually would like to meet with some teachers and just hear their concerns. I care about education, and I will be the mayor that would go into some public schools and talk with students, especially those that come from neighborhoods and schools where there’s a lot of failure and hopelessness. I think the messages that our society sends young people, especially minorities, is so negative that people give up. If you hear all the time “you can’t, you can’t, you can’t—everything’s stacked against you because you’re black or whatever,” then why try? I believe in the American dream. I came from poverty. It worked for me. I think that we need to give our children more hope and you will get less crime. COOPER: You’ve got to fully staff the police department that you have, and you need to always be adapting your policing methods. It’s maybe not about traffic stops, but it’s about crime rate. It’s hard to evaluate where we are until we staff it appropriately. The other part of
DAVID BRILEY is a Nashville native and the incumbent mayor seeking reelection. He was elected vice-mayor in 2015, became the acting mayor after Megan Barry’s resignation in 2018, and won the special election that ensured his position as mayor for the remainder of her term. He was elected as an At-Large Metro Councilman from 1999-2007 and was a practicing lawyer at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC before becoming mayor. He’s an ardent supporter of Nashville’s not-for-profit community, speaks Spanish, and remains unruffled in the face of competition. davidbriley.com this is youth programs, which are probably very cost-efficient. So, NAZA (Nashville After Zone Alliance), afterschool programs . . . the two are connected. If you fail on your youth, then you really have created years of problems. The first thing is, once again, to staff the police department correctly, to have it run under the policies that are most appropriate for the need. Youth services funding isn’t a luxury. It is connected to the health of your community. Finding more money, that’s step one in supporting neighborhood schools. In time, I’ll come out with an educational plan, but there are a lot of incremental things. That’s where we are, you have to figure out the incremental things that give teachers the support that they need. We’ve got to put schools front and center in everything that we do going forward, not begrudgingly, but in fact that’s what we’re here to do.
We continue to have a problem with 18-wheelers illegally short-cutting on our residential streets. The streets cannot handle the weight, and taxpayers foot the bill for repairs. What will you do to get 18-wheelers off of residential streets? CLEMMONS: That’s an enforcement issue, and there has to be better enforcement of that. As state representative, I’ve worked with The Nations neighborhood because there was an issue with the tankers leaving the refineries on 51st and so we worked on that issue. Once an ordinance has been put into place to prevent them from being on those roadways, it’s a matter of enforcement and that falls on the police department to enforce those. State roadways are a different jurisdiction, obviously, but it’s just a matter of encouraging that. June–July 2019 | 372WN.com