Election day for the State and Federal Primary and State and County General Election is Thursday, August 4. Early voting ends Saturday, July 30, with absentee by-mail ballots needing to be returned by mail to your local county election commission before the polls close on election day.
Long lines are expected due to the lengthy ballot containing Charter Amendments and Judicial Retention questions.
“We strongly encourage you to review the sample ballot and come prepared,” said election officials. “If preferred, you may mark the sample ballot and bring it with you to vote. Due to the length of the ballot, voting will require extra time. Please keep this in mind as you are making your voting plans.”
A sample ballot can be found at <bit.ly/3IhDj52>.
Due to redistricting, Nashville area voters are encouraged to verify their eligibility status and polling location as soon as possible. Many voters may have been purged, and/or likely to find that their polling places and even their legislative and congressional districts have changed.
Voters will need to bring valid photo identification to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee state government or the federal government is acceptable even if it’s expired. A student ID or out-of-state driver’s license is not acceptable. For more information about what types of IDs are permitted, visit <GoVoteTN.gov>.
The Nashville Pride does not endorse candidates, but we do encourage our readers to vote for candidates who advertise in the Black press. These candidates show that they respect and value our community and have proven to be the same legislators who consider us in the decision they make.
Lynda F. Jones
General Sessions Judge Division IX
Judge Lynda Jones has had many accomplishments while in office including:
- As presiding judge in 2020, Lynda Jones facilitated a program endorsed by the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission whereby Nashville’s civil courts engaged a pro bono real estate lawyer to assist tenants while the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center disbursed federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay rents judiciously during the pandemic. This program ran until Judge Rachel Bell created the Legacy court to mediate landlord-tenant disputes going forward.
- Judge Jones is thorough and created policy to identify undocumented defendants with similar names so that the wrong person was not taken into custody at the Davidson County Courthouse. She additionally shepherded the process for obtaining credentialed language interpreters, pursuant to Supreme Court guidelines. She routinely signs U visa paperwork for Hispanic victims of violent crime.
- Judge Jones serves on the state wide Judges Conference Education Committee which shares best practices for individualized bail hearings, eliminating oppressive bail for those living in poverty, and balancing public safety and the liberty of the individual. She was popularly elected by her peers as President, 2020-21. She has testified at the Tennessee Legislature to both Senate and House committees about criminal justice reforms.
- Judge Jones served as the District 6 director for the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) which educates judges nationwide on implicit bias, women in prison, women in courts, human trafficking, international policy and fair elections. Nashville hosted the NAWJ national conference in 2021—a collaboration of attorneys, and local, state, and federal judges.
- Judge Jones volunteered at Operation Safe Surrender, a program that allows individuals with non-violent misdemeanor warrants an opportunity for review, and possible resolution, instead of waiting for an arrest. Judge Jones processed a Metro Nashville police department backlog of thousands of old, unserved warrants still active in police records, subsequently resulting in ongoing time consuming police arrests and related court proceedings. She worked in conjunction with Nashville’s District Attorney and Metro police to logically cull old warrants, saving taxpayer dollars and police resources. Upon review, many of the thousands of aged warrants were determined to be unjust and issued due to clerical errors.
Tennessee Senate District 19
Jerry Maynard is a revered Nashville leader who helped keep the doors open at Nashville General Hospital and secured $10 million in funds for the National African American Museum. Maynard was also instrumental in bringing the Nashville Soccer Club to our city.
He serves as the junior pastor of Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Christ located in Nashville, Tenn. He played a leading role in the creation and implementation of the Metro Small Business Growth Act, the Diversity and Inclusion Act, and the Metro Workforce Development Program.
Maynard’s list of accomplishments include: As TNDP Deputy Chair, Maynard was the first African American deputy chairman (Executive Director) of the TNDP.
As the first African American chair of the finance committee, he raised over $500k for the party for the TNDP.
He led statewide Minority Voter Registration efforts that resulted in more than 40k newly registered voters.
Maynard was a Delegate for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.
Maynard raised nearly $100k for Hillary Clinton for president.
While on the Metro Council, Maynard secured $350k for the TSU John Merritt Classic. He secured more than $10M for the NGH medical electronic system and imaging equipment. Maynard co-sponsored the Metro Employee Healthcare Incentive Plan which provides no out-of-pocket costs to Metro Employees at the NGH. He also raised and secured more than $10M for the NMAAM.
Maynard negotiated and secured a MOU for the Minority Caucus and Bell Construction for MBE/ inclusion resulting in over $80M in contracts. He took the lead on securing $1M from the state for the Gateway to Heritage beautification project on Jefferson St.
As a community leader, Maynard helped nearly 200 families transition from shelters to homes. He held job fairs for previously incarcerated individuals and created ‘Christmas in July’ to provide clothing, appliances, bikes, supplies to community members. Maynard also opened a food pantry that provided hot meals.
Helped build the largest Black-owned government relations firm in the state of Tenn. after coming off the Metro Council. He helped raise over $300k for NMAAM and established a scholarship fund for TSU students. He helped raise over $80k for the Northwest YMCA as chair of major gifts, and he helped raised $1.5M for the Jefferson Street Merchants Partnership.
Maynard created the partnership with NGH and MDHA to provide COVID testing to over 5k residents. He helped create Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) yielding over $10k for female students majoring in Business.
Ludye N. Wallace
Tennessee Senate District 19
Former Metro Councilman Ludye N. Wallace says that he brings proven experience in running for Tennessee’s Senate District 19.
According to Wallace, his past experience will be a benefit to addressing the needs of Nashville when negotiating at the state level.
Wallace’s experience and involvement include:
- B.S. in ‘political science’
- Wallace is a lifetime member of Tennessee State University’s Alumni Association.
- He is a lifetime member of the National Tennessee State University’s Alumni Association.
- Wallace is a Kappa Alpha Psi lifetime member.
- He is one of the longest-serving members on the Metro Council (28 years).
- Wallace served on the Budget and Finance Committee (28 years).
- He has a Gold and Diamond Lifetime NAACP membership.
- Wallace is a member of the Clark Memorial United Methodist Church.
Wallace served as a member of the Budget Committee for 28 eight years, represented the Central Business District, North and South Nashville, and served on numerous community organizations including a former president of the Nashville NAACP. He was also a Nashville mayoral candidate.
Wallace says that he “wants to be in a position to help all Nashville communities thrive in this time of exceptional growth in business and population. I want to be certain that Senate District 19 and all of our communities across the state advance as well.”
Tennessee Senate District 19
Charlane has a 20-year history of community engagement, trusted leadership, and has deeply rooted compassion for the needs of all people.
Charlane’s career highlights include:
She is a co-founder and co-executive director of The Equity Alliance. She was a Congressional Aide and on the Communications Staff of the Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper.
Charlane Oliver was Director of Communications for the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce; Marketing Coordinator for Meharry Medical College; AMACHI Knoxville Director, Knoxville Leadership Foundation; CoverKids Program Coordinator, Tennessee Community Services Agency; and Grants Assistant, Knoxville Area Urban League.
Awards and accolades for Charlane Oliver include: Michelle B. Marrs Health Care Advocacy Award; Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, 2022 Chair’s Award; Tennessee Democratic Party, 2021, Nashville Power 100; Nashville Business Journal, 2020 & 2021 Innovator Award; Creative Girls Rock, 2021; Susan Short Jones Emerging Leader Award; National Coalition of 100 Black Women Heritage Award; Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 2021 Young Leader of the Year Award; Young Leaders Council, 2019 Luminary Award; Family and Children’s Services, 2020 Tennessean of the Year; The Tennessean, 2020, Excellence in Public Service Award; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Tau Lambda Chapter, 2019 Community Leader Civic Award; The Links, Inc., 2019 Women of Influence, ‘Dynamic Duo’; Nashville Business Journal, 2019, Ella Baker ‘Power’ Award; NAACP Nashville, 2019 Movers and Shakers Award; Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative, 2019 Young Professional Leadership Award Nominee; ATHENA Nashville, 2019 Now Generation Activist; The Tennessean, 2019 Dr. Evelyn Fancher Unsung Hero Award; Les Gemmes, Inc., 2018 Unsung Hero Award; East Nashville Chamber of Commerce Council, 2018, 100 Leading African Americans in Nashville; NashvilleBusiness.Net, 2018, finalist, Nashville Emerging Leader Awards; Young Professional Nashville, 2017, Communication Excellence Grand Award; Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, 2017; Nashville Black 40 Under 40; Stay On The Go magazine, 2016.
Charlane Oliver’s community affiliations include: Class of 2022, Leadership Nashville, 2021–present, member; Nashville’s Agenda, present board member; Stand Up Nashville, 2020–present; member Metro C.A.R.E.S. Act Allocation Committee, 2020–21; member Mayor John Cooper C.A.R.E.S. Act Advisory Committee, 2020; board member, Nurture The Next, 2019–present; member NAACP Nashville, 2019–present; Board Secretary, Purpose Preparatory Academy, 2017–22; Board Chair, The Equity Alliance, 2017–19; Board Intern, YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, 2013–14; Class 59, Young Leaders Council, 2012–13; member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 2005–present.