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Metropolitan Nashville Council District 16

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    Ginny Welsch

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1. What qualifies you as the best candidate for this office?

2. If elected, what will be your three highest priorities?

3. What are the most pressing issues facing the public that you plan to address?

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Education BS, Mass Communications, Tennessee State University
Campaign Phone (615) 293-3365
Age 60
Twitter @GinnyWelsch
! am a long term community volunteer, with a proven track record of being able to bring people together to get things done, as evidenced with the founding of WRFN-FM, Radio Free Nashville, middle Tennessee's first community radio station. RFN was years in the making, and required thousands of hours to build up from an idea into a thriving station. I’ve served on the Boards of Directors of the Exchange Club Family Center, Community Shares, the Tennessee Health Care Campaign and more, and have volunteered for Walk Bike Nashville, the Remote Area Medical Clinic, the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center, Hands On Nashville, the Red Cross, and St. Luke’s Community House. I was also a VISTA volunteer at Cohn Adult Learning Center. I’ve demonstrated not only my commitment to making our district and city better, I’ve demonstrated that I have vision, passion, energy and stamina, and I will work harder for this district than my opponents.
1. Securing funding for quality of life - sidewalks, crosswalks, affordable housing and other neighborhood amenities 2. Full funding of metro schools and public services, including livable wages for all metro workers 3. Developing tools to help small business thrive and survive in our changing economy
I believe Nashville is at a tipping point, and we need to take bold action to make sure we tip in the right direction. We need to take intentional, pro-active steps as we continue to grow so we don't lose the very things that make this city the place we love and call home. Our super charged growth is leaving large swaths of our community behind. We need to invest in what we value: people, diversity and the public good. The most pressing issues facing us are underfunded schools and public services, which result in a lowered quality of life; crumbling infrastructure, which negatively impacts community well-being; and rising rents pushing out our people and small businesses, which is causing us to lose our diversity and the character and charm of our city. We need a mix of young and old, old and new, new and different, to build a thriving community where everyone is welcome and everyone can share in our prosperity.