Nashville is a great city that has progressed tremendously since I arrived here from Chicago, Illinois in 1987 to attend Fisk University. As a young student at Fisk trying to figure out life and find my way in the world, I am forever grateful for the relationships and opportunities that have paved the way for me to make Nashville my home.
I have lived here for 26 years and dedicated more than 20 years of public service to enhance the quality of life for all Nashville residents. My work in public service began in 1997 when my husband George and I bought our first home in the Bellshire area. It was then that I met the late Councilman Chester Hughes, who was a consummate community advocate and influenced me to get involved as a community leader.
Later, I served as Treasurer of Chester’s campaign for Metro Council and after he won the election in 2003, I accepted the position he vacated as president of the Bellshire Terrace Neighborhood Watch. As president, I coordinated several Nashville Night Out events for neighbors to meet and greet with each other as well as with Metro Police and Fire Dept. personnel. In addition, I wrote and disseminated a quarterly newsletter to inform residents about crime and other issues affecting the community.
I have served as a board member of the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance, board member of Nashville Education and Community Arts Television, and elected Executive Committee Woman for the Davidson County Democratic Party. Currently, I serve as Metro Beautification and Environment Commissioner for District 3, where I coordinate neighborhood clean-ups and educate the community about recycling and conservation.
Furthermore, I am a member of the NAACP Nashville Chapter’s Economic Development Committee, which was an instrumental community partner in developing the Equal Business Opportunity Ordinance recently passed by the Metro Council and signed by Mayor David Briley. As a small business owner of Nelson PR & Communications, I believe the legislation to address disparities in Nashville contracting of minority and women owned businesses is essential to ensuring all Nashvillians can equitably participate in our city’s growth and prosperity.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in English from Fisk University and a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University. My husband George and I have been married for 26 years and we have two sons ages 25 and 17. We attend St. Vincent De Paul Church where we have been members for 21 years.
I am delighted to announce my candidacy for Nashville Metro Council representing District 3, and I invite you to join me in supporting my campaign to foster strong neighborhoods, improve infrastructure, advance education, and ensure opportunity for all. I have the experience, leadership, and vision to get the job done. I ask for your vote and support!