John Cooper Biography
John Cooper is an American politician who is aspiring to be the Nashville Mayor. He was born and raised in Shelbyville.
Cooper is running in the general overflow race on September 12, 2019, in the wake of progressing from the general decision on August 1, 2019.
Cooper is an everywhere individual from the Nashville Metro Council in Tennessee. He was chosen in 2015. Cooper finished Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection overview in 2019. Snap here to peruse the overview answers.
John Cooper Age
He was born and raised in Shelbyville. Information about his age will be updated soon.
John Cooper Wife
John is hitched to Laura Fitzgerald Cooper, a previous Constitutional law teacher and they have three young children and four pooches.
John Cooper Career
John has filled in as an At-Large Member of Metro Council since 2015. In Council, he has concentrated on issues around Metro’s utilization of open assets — both assessment dollars and open property — and he has attempted to carry more noteworthy money related responsibility and straightforwardness to how those open assets are overseen.
He initiated the effective drive to spare Ft. Negley Park from private business advancement, and he attempted to raise open mindfulness about the monetary effect of the Mayor’s $9 billion travel plan, dismissed by citizens a year ago.
John drove the move in Council to reinforce the job of the Public Auditor, and his drive made the Metro Blue Ribbon Commission, to distinguish where expense dollars can be utilized or spared all the more successfully. He has supported a Metro Charter alteration that would require Metro Departments to report execution subtleties, so Council and the open can gauge advance on planned needs.
John has served on various Metro Council advisory groups, including the Independent Audit Committee, Public Works, Parks and Libraries, and Budget and Finance, which he led from 2016-2017. He serves on the Greenways Commission and the Leadership Council for Nashville’s After-Zone Alliance, which supports after-school learning in government-funded schools.
John brings to open administration over 30 years of business and money related involvement in the banking, land and retail business. A Vanderbilt MBA, he has grown more than one million square feet of business land, principally in Williamson County.
He is the organizer and overseeing accomplice of the Heritage at Brentwood, enormous proceeding care senior living network situated off Concord Road. Through his land ventures, he made and gave two mark open stops in Brentwood: the Tower Park and the Margaret Hayes Powell Park.
John likewise established Happy ReTales, a volunteer-coordinated pet item retail location, where all benefits go to creature salvage. Overseen by a devoted gathering of staff and volunteers, Happy ReTales has given over $500,000 to neighborhood creature foundations. John and his family go to Christ Church Cathedral.
John Cooper Policy
Nashville needs reality, not simply in vogue. During this crusade, I will discharge strategy proclamations on various serious issues confronting our city. Nashville needs a pioneer who gets unpredictability and has money related learning to give clear heading.
Reestablishing trust through straightforwardness and responsibility is essential for Nashville’s future. For a really long time, our city has enabled a portion of our neighbors to be deserted. As your civic chairman, I will have approaches set up to guarantee openings are given so all Nashvillians can flourish.
I will bolster every single inhabitant, regardless of their race, monetary status, a spot of inception, confidence custom, sex, or sexual direction. The situations beneath give a review of current issues confronting our locale and ways we can push ahead to guarantee Nashville turns into a city that genuinely works for everybody.
I see these as working records that I am expressly examining, calculating, and composing. On the off chance that you have any musings or thoughts to share, if you don’t mind pursue an “Espresso with Cooper” so we can talk about. Here is a PDF of my arrangement stages.
– John Cooper
Inside Politics with Cooper Pt. 1
Cooper tops Briley as both head to runoff
At-large Metro Councilman John Cooper pulled off a political upset Thursday, garnering substantially more votes than incumbent Mayor David Briley, according to unofficial election night results.
However, Cooper, a veteran real estate developer, did not secure more than 50% of the vote, meaning he will go head-to-head with Briley in a Sept. 12 runoff to determine Nashville’s next mayor.
Cooper received 35,386 votes, or 35%, according to the Davidson County Election Commission. Briley, meanwhile, received 25,573 votes, or 25.3%. They were trailed by Carol Swain, with 21.9% of the vote, and John Ray Clemmons, with 16.1%.
Finishing second comes as a blow to Briley, as no second-place finisher has gone on to win a mayoral runoff in Nashville.
Cooper’s election night success may come as a shock to some of the city’s business community, which frequently found itself in Cooper’s crosshairs during his four years on Metro Council. Briley, meanwhile, has benefited from the support of some of the business community’s most recognizable leaders, from John Ingram, chairman of Ingram Industries Inc., to Mark Deutschmann, CEO of Core Development.
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As a council member, Cooper built a reputation for scrutinizing Metro dealmaking. He frequently accused city officials of mismanaging taxpayer dollars and blasted the use of developer incentives. He publicly opposed several high-profile deals, including the city’s forthcoming Major League Soccer stadium; a $15 million infrastructure package for downtown’s Nashville Yards development; and more broadly, the Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency’s use of tax-increment financing.
However, he struggled to build enough support on the council to block key votes on the proposals he opposed. His most successful opposition campaign came when he played a key role in blocking the redevelopment of Greer Stadium, which was officially scrapped by the would-be development team in early 2018.
Briley’s short tenure as mayor has been marked by successes and setbacks.
Notable highlights from his time in office include: inking a new long-term lease agreement with the Nashville Predators; making Nashville the first Southern city to recognize LGBT-owned businesses in its procurement policies; and launching the Nashville GRAD program to help cover the costs of attending community college.
A controversial proposed park swap, cherry tree fallout during the NFL Draft and an abandoned parking privatization deal were three notable setbacks of Briley’s administration. He also faced pushback over the city’s budget, after he repealed a promised cost-of-living wage adjustment for Metro employees during his first budget cycle.
Briley has roughly $200,000 on hand for the runoff, while Cooper has $133,000, according to their most recent campaign finance disclosures.
To learn more about how Briley and Cooper align with the business community, check out our recent mayoral index. For more election coverage, check back Friday at NashvilleBusinessJournal.com.