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Election day is Tuesday, May 3

by PRIDE Newsdesk

Early voting in the Davidson County Primary Election ended on Thursday, April 28.  On Tuesday, Nashville will vote to decide the candidates for the general election which will be on August 4.

Voters can download the GoVoteTN app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to view voter-specific information. Voters can find Election Day polling locations, view, and mark sample ballots, and much more. The platform is also available at <GoVoteTN.com>.

On Election Day, citizens must vote at their assigned polling place.

Residents voting on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification with them to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as well as photo IDs issued by the Tennessee state government or the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.

(The Nashville Pride encourages our readers to support those candidates who advertise in the Black press. Candidates who advertise in the Black Press show that they respect our community and what we think of them. They are also the ones who will think about our community once they are elected officials.

Candidates featured here have advertised with us and have shown that they deserve our vote.)

Tillman Payne

Tillman Payne
Criminal Court Judge Division VI

Tillman Payne is a decorated Air Force veteran, accomplished attorney, small business owner, and candidate for Davidson County Criminal Court, Division VI Judge.

He is widely recognized for his bold willingness to lead—repeatedly developing, advocating, and implementing innovative and groundbreaking solutions to some of our judicial system’s most challenging issues.

Tillman understands that the law has a real effect on the lives of all Nashvillians, and he believes that all who enter the courthouse doors deserve not only equal justice but compassion. All citizens should be afforded a chance for equal justice in our court system. Tillman has the knowledge and experience our court system desperately needs.

He is married to the former Kimberly Renee Boyd of Riverside, California and they have two sons, Chase and Tillman IV.

Glenn Funk

Glenn Funk
District Attorney General

After practicing law for 29 years, Glenn Funk was elected in 2014 to be our Davidson County District Attorney. He is running for re-election in the 2022 Democratic Primary.

Under his leadership, the office has earned a reputation for fairness and equal treatment. Funk is helping restore public confidence in the criminal justice system by effectively prosecuting violent crime while focusing on treatment and rehabilitation for low-level, nonviolent offenders.   By directing his team to prioritize cases involving violence, he’s helping make Nashville a safer place to live and work.

By reducing the rate of incarceration for petty crimes, Metro Nashville taxpayers are saving over $45 million a year in incarceration costs. Even more importantly, we’re giving young people an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and the support they need to improve their lives.

Funk has improved minority representation among the 70 Assistant District Attorneys serving Nashville. Under his leadership, the percentage of prosecutors of color has grown from three percent to 28%, so the office better reflects the diverse community we’re here to serve.

He has made the prosecution of domestic violence cases a top priority. By improving support services for victims, Funk and his team have been able to build stronger cases and carry them through to conviction. Intervention services save lives, increase accountability for domestic violence offenders, and improve the quality of life and health of Nashville families.

Glenn Funk and his wife, Lori, have three children and are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Funk has shown his dedication to our community by serving on the board of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee; Nashville Children’s Alliance; the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee; the Optimist Club; Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Leadership Council; Arc of Davidson County and Greater Nashville, which serves people with disabilities; and Dismas House, which provides support for the formerly incarcerated. He graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University and received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi.

Judge Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell
General Sessions Judge Division VIII

Judge Rachel Bell is seeking re-election to General Session Judge, Division 8.  Judge Bell is a third generation native Nashvillian and proud graduate of Hillsboro Comprehensive High School.

Judge Bell received a NCCA, Division I-Women’s Basketball scholarship to Auburn University and finished her collegiate career at the University of Memphis earning her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Shortly, after taking the bench in 2012, Judge Bell started working on pilot projects to establish the General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8), as well as the Judge Rachel L. Bell Beautification Project, and summer literacy program R.E.A.C.H. (Reaching Every Aspiring Child’s Horizon) for rising 1st-4th graders as well as the FUTURE internship program hosted during the fall, spring and summer for rising 11th and 12th graders.

The Music City Community Court’s mission is to focus on preventive, diversionary and restorative justice initiatives to move the needle for marginalized people.

In 2014, the court started conducting Saturday Court Dockets bringing Expungement/Legal Clinics and Resource Fairs to the community. In 2016, the court expanded its reach by partnering with the TN Administrative Office of Courts and the TN Supreme Court’s Faith and Justice Alliance initiative for better access to justice.

In 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Judge Bell created another initiative named the L.E.G.A.C.Y. (Let Every Goal Achieve Continuous Yields) Housing Resource Diversionary Court & Program to assist landlords and tenants experiencing hardship and non-payment of rent.

Judge Bell is a member of New Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Nashville Alumnae Chapter; Top Ladies of Distinction, Nashville Capitol City Chapter; and many other organizations.

In 2017, Judge Rachel married her wife, Dr. Dorsha, an Emergency Medicine physician, becoming the first openly gay Judge in Nashville, Tenn.

Paul Walwyn

Paul Walwyn
General Sessions Judge Division VI

Paul Walwyn understands the meaning of hard work, the value of an education, the richness of diversity, and the rewards that come only from serving others.

Raised in Tennessee and a 47-year resident of Davidson County, Paul received degrees in both political science and English at East Tenn. State University, earning his law degree from UT Knoxville.

After opening his own law practice 25 years ago, Paul began a serious journey to put into play not only what he’d learned from his many years of higher education, but the deeper values instilled in him by his parents.

To date, Paul has handled over 10,000 general sessions, criminal and federal cases, thousands of preliminary hearings, and nearly 100 jury trials within 13 different counties in Middle Tenn. As a result of earning the respect and trust of local judges Paul has been invited to fill in as a temporary replacement for judges in all 11 divisions of Davidson County general sessions court, always willing to lend a hand when asked.  For those in need, Paul has generously offered up his time and expertise on more than 1,000 pro bono cases. Walwyn speaks Spanish and is mindful of the needs of Nashville’s rich ethnic diversity which he believes is one of its many strengths.

Paul and his wife Bethany have three children: Sophia, Diego, and Julius.

Andra Hedrick

Andra Hedrick
Circuit Court Judge Division VII

Andra Hedrick is a full-time probate lawyer with more than 23 years of experience. She and her co-authors, Jack Robinson, Sr. and Jeffrey Mobley literally wrote the book on Tennessee probate law. Their three-volume legal treatise, Pritchard on Wills and Administration of Estates, is widely recognized by lawyers and judges as the leading secondary legal authority in the area of probate law across the state.

Andra graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in 1995, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1998. While in law school, she served as a student law clerk to Judge Donn Southern of the Shelby County Probate Court. Upon graduation, she completed a two-year term as an attorney law clerk to Judge David R. Farmer of the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

In 2000, Andra joined the prestigious Nashville firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC (GSRM Law), where she remains to this day. Her practice consists of all aspects of probate law , including: planning, administration, litigation, mediation, and service as an expert witness in probate court procedure.

Andra is married to Ronnie Melton, a step-mother to daughter Mallory, and a ‘Grandra’ to grandson Wesley. Andra and Ronnie reside in East Nashville, with their rescue dogs and cat. Andra serves as a board member of Nashville Pug Rescue, and volunteers with both Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary and Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms.

John Manson

John Manson
Circuit Court Judge Division VII                      

John R. Manson currently serves as Special Counsel in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office.

A Nashville native, John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and his Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.

He has additional judicial experience, serving as Special Master and law clerk for Eighth Circuit Court for eight years, and Special Probate Master for Seventh Circuit Court for three years, both in Davidson County, TN.

Mr. Manson is a former faculty member of the National Judicial Institute on domestic violence, a past member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court and is a past president of the Napier-Looby Bar Association, the Nashville affiliate chapter of the National Bar Association.

In addition to his legal pursuits, Mr. Manson is an accomplished musician and occasionally performs at various venues around Nashville.  He is a past President of the Nashville Symphony Chorus and is a member of the Cathedral Choir at Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church.

According to Manson, “When Nashvillians appear before the court at some of the hardest times in their lives, they deserve a judge that will treat them with fairness, dignity, and respect.”

“I’m from Nashville and have served this city for over 15 years. My children were born here and go to school here. Our roots run deep, and so does my commitment to making sure anyone who appears before the court is treated with the fairness and respect deserved by any neighbor or fellow Nashvillian.”

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