Former councilwoman, mayoral candidate Betty Nixon dies at 88

Betty Nixon (Courtesy: Nashville Mayor's Office)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The city of Nashville is mourning the passing of a political leader.

Betty Nixon, a former Metro Council member who ran for mayor in 1991, passed away Monday morning at the age of 88.

The city’s current mayor Megan Barry described her as “an amazing woman, leader, and friend who taught our city a lot of lessons about public service, the importance of neighborhoods, and the power of women.”

Barry’s statement went on to say, in full:

She was truly a unique personality who had the ability to captivate a room with her wit and wisdom. Those of us who were fortunate to call Betty a friend are better off because of it, along with countless others who never had the chance to meet her but have benefited because of her passion and commitment to a better Nashville for all. Betty helped launch the neighborhoods movement in Nashville with her work to preserve the residential character of historic communities in the urban core, and she set a great example for women who had never previously thought about running for public office but now realized they could bring something new to civic leadership.

The mayor added that her thoughts and prayers are with Nixon’s family during this time.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chair, Mary Mancini, releases said her office is also saddened by Nixon’s loss, saying in a statement:

We are saddened by the loss of the amazing Betty Nixon. She was not only a role model for women, but for a generation of activists and candidates she befriended and helped with an encouraging word, a bit of sage advice, and an energy that was as boundless as it was invigorating. Her legacy will live on in the work she did for her community, for Nashville and for the state of Tennessee. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends and all who loved her.

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