NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mayoral candidate David Fox conceded in the 2015 runoff mayoral election Thursday night, making Megan Barry Nashville’s next mayor.
“This one is all about the fact that today you went to the polls and you elected the first woman mayor,” Barry said in her victory speech at the Nashville Farmer’s Market.
The new mayor said she received a “very nice phone call” from Fox, who said he looks forward to working with her and moving forward with Nashville.
“Tonight we start a new chapter in Nashville of the Nashville story,” Barry said to her supporters. “And that story is the saga that is written every day by the people in this room and those of you who are watching at home.”
Fox conceded just after 8:50 p.m. with 78 of 161 precincts reporting that showed Barry with a lead of more than 7,700 votes.
“I don’t have any regrets. We left it all on the field. We ran a very aggressive campaign,” Fox added while becoming emotional behind the podium.
Mayor Karl Dean released this statement following the election:
I want to congratulate Megan Barry on her election to be Nashville’s next mayor. This is a great city and a great job, and Megan is more than capable of leading Nashville to its next plateau. I always say that Nashville’s best days are still ahead of it, and I have no doubts about that.
“I also want to thank David Fox and all the other candidates who campaigned for the chance to serve and lead our city for the next four years. I know the people of Nashville appreciated having so many qualified candidates in this election.