Last Thursday, city Councilman Freddie O’Connell decisively defeated Alice Rolli in the runoff election to become the next mayor of Nashville.
“Our city, our region, and the state have so much potential to work together,” said O’Connell. “Looking forward to partnering with you!”
O’Connell is a Nashville native who earned a high school diploma from Montgomery Bell Academy and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 2000. His professional experience includes working as a software developer at Rustici Software. Other experience includes serving as president of the Salemtown Neighbors Neighborhood Association, board member of the Nashville MTA, and member of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He has also been affiliated with Nashville Downtown Partnership and South Central Neighborhood Development Corporation. He co-hosted a public affairs radio program from 2005 to 2010.
According to O’Connell, the theme of his administration will be “Building a Nashville for Nashvillians, because I want you to stay.”
The mayor-elect campaigned on three key measures: to make it easier for people to stay in Nashville by tackling cost of living and quality of life, building a transit system, and implementing the great community-based plans we have.
Other election winners include: At-Large Council members Burkley Allen, Quinn Evans-Segall, Olivia Hill and Delisha Porterfield; Mike Cortese in District 4; and Tasha Ellis in Dstrict 29. Also of note is that Olivia Hill made history as the first transgender person elected to office in Tennessee.