Ralph, why did you decide to run for mayor?

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Ralph, why did you decide to run for mayor?

It’s the first question every TV and newspaper reporter asked me on Monday, when I announced I was running for mayor of Nashville in the special election to replace Megan Barry.

I’m running for mayor because our city has lost its way, and is currently serving the few at the expense of the many.

The most glaring example, but not the only one, is the plan to raise four taxes to fund light rail, the most expensive, least effective form of public transit, but very effective at funneling billions of the tax dollars from the many to the pockets of the few.

I’m running for mayor to put an end to that, and it starts with defeating the Transit Tax referendum, the last item on the May 1st Ballot.

I’m asking that you mark the ballot “against” the Transit Taxes, and then vote for me in the special election.
When the back-to-back TRANSIT TAX and special mayoral elections are over, you and I will revisit some of the most recent decisions that benefit the few at the expense of the many, stop those that can be stopped, and put an end to the kind of back room deals that lead to those decisions in the first place.
I’m going to be the next mayor, and when I am, I’m going to operate with the same openness, candor, and respect for the people that I displayed for four hours a day, for 11 years, as a morning drive radio host.
I’m going to show you how the sausage is made, what goes into it, tell you what it cost to make it and give you the chance to reject it if I can’t convince you it’s good and good for you.
I’m not running as a Republican, a Democrat, a conservative or a liberal. I’m running as a Nashvillian, a Tennessean, and an American to prove that open, independent government can work.
I’m running my campaign primarily on social media, and I’ll have a very frequent presence, with both video and written commentary, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for the duration of this campaign. You can watch or not – a little at a time – or more if you so choose.
I am also happy to come to you – to speak to groups of Nashville voters at your invitation. I’m available to community groups in all districts, and will answer your questions and listen to your concerns on all issues.
I’ll take more than 30 seconds, but still try to respect your limited time – and I will always try NOT to mislead you.  You may not always like what I tell you, but I’ll always tell you what I believe, and I’ll listen to you. Who knows, you may change my mind on some things.
When the time is right, I’ll raise some money, and I’ll buy signs and handouts to help voters remember who to vote for – and give supporters something concrete to do – some of you are champing at the bit – and I appreciate that.
I’m going to BE your next mayor – to serve all of Nashville – not just the few – and to take less – not more – from you.
That starts with stopping light rail. It doesn’t stop there, but it has to start there because that decision comes first, and it’s huge. It’s the biggest tax and city planning decision Nashville voters will have ever been asked to make.  It’s about whether voters should tax themselves to fund a plan to increase the density of Nashville – a plan disguised as a solution to congestion.
If Nashville voters buy that pig in a poke, it will make the job of mayor much less appealing.  So please, vote against the transit taxes first. 
My name is Ralph Bristol, and I’m running for Mayor of Nashville. If you approve of this message, please share it with your friends, and stay tuned for more.