News 2 Profiles: Candidate Bill Freeman

Bill Freeman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Bill Freeman says his leadership qualities set him apart from the other candidates in the 2015 mayoral race.

When asked why he wants the position, Freeman told News 2 there’s a lot of reasons.

“I just didn’t see someone that has the skill set that we need in this next period of time,” he said. “My attitude is to run like we’re a vote behind and that’s what we do. The fact of the matter is we’re out working the field.”

Freeman has 40 years of business experience with the real estate management firm he founded, Freeman Webb.

From his Green Hills office, he told News 2 it’s provided the background and unique perspective to fix Nashville’s need for affordable housing.

It’s one of the issues he’s running on along with mass transit.

“The mass transit issue is something that I hear about every single day,” Freeman added.

He says Nashville is two decades behind the ball.

“What I’m talking about is a regional mass transit system that connects Franklin to Nashville, Murfreesboro, Lebanon,” he explained.

Freeman has watched the past administration both succeed and fail at pulling these things off.

“You’ve got to make these decisions in a way that involves the community, that doesn’t surprise the community,” he added.

Freeman has three sons and two grandchildren, and is expecting two more. He’s also an avid pilot who flies over Nashville on the weekends.

He added that he wants to give something back to the hometown that has given him so much.

“I’m 63 years old,” Freeman said. “This city has been so good to me.”

According to campaign disclosure forms turned in July 17, Freeman has spent $2.3 million in the last three months.

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