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Women win all five at-large Metro council seats (Leo Clients – Allen, Hill, Suara)

Published: Sep. 15, 2023 at 1:42 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – After a historic day in Nashville’s voting history, all at-large seats on Nashville’s Metro Council are filled by women.

Incumbent Zulfat Suara won back her seat on Aug. 3 in Nashville’s primary election, earning enough votes to avoid a runoff.

Incumbent Burkley Allen scored enough votes Thursday to be re-elected to her at-large seat, while educator Delishia Danielle Porterfield, attorney Quin Evans-Segall and veteran Olivia Hill, the first transgender woman to be elected in Tennessee, filled in the remaining spots as first-time council members.

Porterfield and Evans-Segall earned 14% of the votes cast in Thursday’s election, while Allen and Hill had 13% of the votes each.

The women beat out incumbents Jeff Syracuse and Russ Pull, and newcomers Howard Jones and Chris Cheng. Cheng missed being elected by about 1,300 votes.

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