Phil Bredesen says Megan Barry ‘right person’ for next mayor

Phil Bredesen endorses Megan Barry
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Phil Bredesen announced Thursday he believes Megan Barry is “the right person to be the next mayor.”

The former Nashville mayor and Tennessee governor said while he feels the word “endorse” is a weak one, he asked the crowd to vote for and elect Barry.

“I’m endorsing Megan Barry today because I believe she will continue the momentum of our city, continue moving Nashville forward in a way that invests in our future while remaining fiscally responsible,” Bredesen added.

Barry took the stage next, saying she was “humbled” by his endorsement.

Phil Bredesen endorses Megan Barry
Phil Bredesen

“I’m honored to have his commitment as a trusted and key adviser,” she added, saying, “As mayor, I will look to Gov. Bredesen to be a trusted advisor to help in managing our budget in a fiscally responsible way while continuing to invest in our schools, in our neighborhoods, and in our economy.”

The special announcement was held at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.

The Metropolitan Nashville Education Association told News 2 today they also endorse Megan Barry for mayor.

Barry is set to face David Fox in a Sept. 10 runoff election. On Election Night, Barry received a total of 24,449 votes, while Fox received 23,711 votes.

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