NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – In one week, Nashville will have a new mayor. Megan Barry defeated David Fox in a runoff election last week.
News 2’s Bob Mueller sat down with mayor-elect Barry on Thursday as she gets ready to begin her administration.
Barry said she knew she might actually win when the early voting numbers were revealed and she was ahead by 5,000 votes.
So what was the message voters sent to her electing her as mayor?
“I think they said they want to focus on things that are important to Nashvillians; our public education system, transportation, affordable housing and keeping our economy growing and strong,” Barry said.”
“I think those were the messages that resonated,” she added.
The mayor-elect is very proud of being the city’s first woman mayor, of breaking that glass ceiling.
“Clearly it was a historic moment, and I didn’t want that moment to pass without being recognized, but I just came this morning and I was at an elementary school and I was blown away by all the little first graders who recognized me,” Barry said. “And I think if you can see it, you can be it, and a lot of those little girls are never going to know a lifetime when you did not have an elected woman mayor.”
Barry admitted she was surprised at how personal the tone of the general election became as she and Fox campaigns.
“I was surprised those last four or five weeks got much more personal, much more about family,” she explained. “I am really glad to put that in the rear view mirror.”
Now it’s about the future, and the start of the Barry administration.
“Well my first priority is our schools,” Barry told News 2. “And I think that comes with the superintendent and it comes with that hire and making sure that we are fully funding our schools.”
The mayor-elect also said she’s excited to be sworn in as mayor next Friday.