Interview with Brady Banks, Metro Council Candidate, District 4

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Interview with Brady Banks, Metro Council Candidate, District 4

Two of the greatest frustrations of being a Nashville voter are (1.) completely inadequate coverage of local political races by the mainstream media and (2.) candidates whose campaign literature tells you, essentially, NOTHING about what they stand for—and will vote for—if elected.

To attempt to counter this—in some small way—we present this brief interview with Metro Council District 4 candidate Brady Banks, whom I recently met when he knocked on my front door on a blistering hot afternoon. Mr. Banks serves as a literacy and education advocate, involved in efforts to strengthen and sustain Imagination Library programs in all 95 Tennessee counties for the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation. (In that capacity, he has served both the Bredesen and Haslam administrations.)  Before joining the GBBF, Mr. Banks served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods for Mayor Karl Dean.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  How—specifically—will your constituents benefit if you are elected?

BRADY BANKS: As someone who has served constituents before as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, I know how Metro Government works and have relationships that I can bring to bear in a favorable way for District 4. I will be able to manage relationships I have with other council members to be as productive as possible for the district. In a council body with 40 members, relationships that are productive are very important.

UN:  Why did you feel compelled to run for this particular office at this time?

BB:  I felt compelled to run for office out of a sense of duty and service to community. I’ve always enjoyed tackling a problem for a group or an individual, and then coming to a positive resolution to that problem or issue. It may sound strange, but I enjoy being the guy that folks call on to take care of those kinds of things. I also believe I need to be working now to make this city the best it can be, because my wife and I are expecting our first child.

UN:  If elected, what will be your highest governing priorities?

BB:  If I’m fortunate enough to be chosen to serve as the next council member from District 4, my highest governing priorities will be to work closely with other community leaders to deliver on improving our public education system, working to find new ways of thinking and educating our children. Outside of that priority, my top governing principle will be to deal openly and honestly with the citizens of District 4, and to be as accessible as possible to them.

For more information about Brady Banks, visit

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations copywriter.



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