Both of the candidates running in the Sept. 14, 2023, general runoff election for Nashville Metro Council District 11 — Jeff Eslick (nonpartisan) and Eric Patton (nonpartisan) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
Here are the candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?
- “The Safety of Nashville Nashville’s police force has been recognized for outstanding performances in recent extreme situations. We should use this positive momentum to hire new recruits, while retaining our experienced officers and add better protection to our schools.
- Nashville’s Growth Management Nashville’s recent growth is well documented and shows no signs of slowing down. Managing and making space for new construction should be done with respect for current residents and neighborhoods.
- The Growing Number of Encampments It seems for every encampment that is closed, several new ones pop up. Letting the encampments continue to grow isn’t healthy for the people living in them or the residents living near them.”
- “Schools: Better pay for teachers and aids. More after-school programming. Focus on getting kids job or college ready.
- Services: Better and more things a city should be providing. More police, fire, and medical with competitive pay. A focus on infrastructure that isn’t just downtown high rises. Better utility service. Sidewalks. Speed bumps. Those kinds of things we’ve been wanting out here forever.
- Support for Small Business: Incentives and support for locally owned small businesses who’ve been getting left out in the cold. When folks like Amazon and Oracle come to town and get the city to bend over backward to get them here, they’ve not been working to keep the small, locally-owned businesses we already have. That needs to change.”
Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.
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