It's not easy for candidates to get noticed in an election as busy as Nashville’s this year — with dozens of races and a packed mayoral field.
But when WPLN saw some “down-ballot”candidates making grabs for publicity, we decided to round up the most audacious efforts.
Unusual pamphlets, goofy fundraisers, bold TV spots
Consider this summer blockbuster commercial by vice mayor candidate David Briley, which describes him as having the superpower of listening. Despite that race squaring off two well-known political names — Briley and multi-term Councilman Tim Garrett — there’s hardly been much attention on them.
Over in East Nashville, candidate Brett Withers proudly unveiled a campaign logo with an illustrated portrait of him featuring his signature bow tie and handlebar mustache. He’s running against incumbent Peter Westerholm.
A mailer from Councilman Jason Holleman also featured original cartooning while tapping into what has become a hot button issue in Nashville politics: providing sidewalks to neighborhoods.
His mailer asks, "Where does your sidewalk end?" in an ode to Shel Silverstein.
'Franks with Frank'
And the one that WPLN just had to see was a cookout at a park in The Nations neighborhood — complete with a lasso performance by a family member of a candidate.
Ray Kozak — A Guinness Book record winner for the biggest lasso loop — put on the show for his niece, District 20 candidate Marisa Frank. She called the event “Franks With Frank”— featuring free hot dogs made in her hometown.
“In a campaign, we get very, very focused on serious issues. Because we have some really serious issues here in West Nashville ... we sometimes forget to stop and just be a neighborhood,” she said.
She’s in a spirited three-way race.
It’s that time of the campaign season to get noticed — or at least to try.
Visit nashville.gov/vote for a full rundown of candidates and ballot information.