Nashville Metro Council special election headed to runoff

A special election for District 29 on the Nashville Metro Council advanced to a runoff after no candidates received over 50 percent of the vote during the general election. Candidates Nicola La Mattina and Delishia Porterfield will face each other again in the runoff scheduled for March 19, 2019. They defeated Constance Smith-Burwell and Vicky Tataryn in the general election on February 12.

The election was called to fill the seat vacated by former council member Karen Johnson after she was elected to be the Davidson County Register of Deeds in November 2018. Her term was set to expire in 2019.

The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Johnson’s term and will have to stand for re-election in the regular election on August 1, 2019. All 41 metro council seats will be on the ballot, including the vice-mayor (who presides over the council), five at-large members, and 35 by-district members. Nashville is also holding a mayoral election.

Nashville is the second-largest city in Tennessee and the 24th-largest city in the U.S. by population.