Bradford for Metro Council District 13

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Why I’m Running…

Since moving to Nashville in 2009, this community has provided me with many opportunities. I feel very strongly about paying it forward by doing what I can to help create opportunities for others.

I believe our city can, and should, be more responsible with our tax dollars by making better investments in our roads and infrastructure. Most importantly, making sure that our city grows and develops in a way that is fair and responsible to the people of Nashville.

I have lived here just shy of a decade and in that time, I’ve seen our city change drastically. I’ve seen the problems that come with that growth, but I’ve also seen what amazing things we can do together. My hope is, by being your Councilperson, I can ensure that our city continues to be amazing for ALL Nashvillians.

I’m running because our district needs a leader who is going to put the people and communities within our district first. Someone who’s going to say, “Enough is enough!” I believe that the people of District 13 deserve to have their voices heard and to have someone who will be readily available to listen and to discuss the issues that are important to them. District 13 deserves to have a Councilperson they can turn to for help and to be proud of! It is my sincerest hope and desire to serve the people of District 13 by being your advocate and voice. So when the time comes, I hope to have earned your vote!

russ on the issues


The city can install additional traffic lights along Bell Rd to better control traffic. Increase the number of bus/shuttle stops in the district to promote utilization of our public transit system, which will help reduce congestion on the major thoroughfares such as: Bell, Elm Hill, and Murfreesboro. Our district desperately needs investments made to drainage and sewers to decrease flooding. I want to work with BNA and the city to secure additional green space within the district to improve the quality of the area.


I want to see the city government returns to a fiscally responsible approach with funding. I believe it’s the Council’s duty to take a deeper look into our budget to identify unnecessary spending. Nashville’s budget is in the worst shape in nearly a decade; however, I am committed to working closely with my fellow council members, the Mayor’s office, and the community to guide our city back to a balanced and more transparent budget that will benefit our district and our city.


Our city has made great strides to be more environmentally friendly and I intend to help push efforts that will continue that progress. I will push for more recycling drop offs and have plastic bag and foam carton receptacles included at all recycling drop offs. I will also encourage and work with the communities and local businesses to look at ways they can move away from single use plastics and adopt greener practices.


I feel our city has failed our communities and allowed developers to run amok. I want to advocate for my district to make sure development in District 13 is reasonable, economically, ecologically responsible, and does not ruin the character of the area. Our district needs someone that will step in and be a moderator to ensure both sides can work together.


Metro Schools’ budget continues to suffer while tax incentives for developers and major corporations take priority. I am committed to locating potential funds to be pulled from disproportionate development incentives and current tax revenue to help raise our education budget beyond the current bare minimum. I believe improving the quality of our Metro Schools will help create more quality jobs, reduce crime, and provide a higher quality of life for not just our district, but all Nashville.


I want to be involved in our communities. To that end, I promise to do my utmost to host town halls across our district so I can hear from you what issues and concerns you face, receive feedback, and inform the communities on what is going on at City Hall.


"We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard."

- John F. Kennedy