Interview with Mary Carolyn Roberts, candidate for Metro Council, District 20

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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The ‘Underground Nashville’ Interview with Mary Carolyn Roberts, candidate for Metro Council, District 20

Mary Carolyn Roberts is a small business owner who resides in the Historic West Nashville/Nations neighborhood. She has deep roots in Middle Tennessee, having lived there for more than 20 years.

In announcing her candidacy for a seat on the Metro Council, District 20 (west Nashville), Ms. Roberts declared:

“Our neighborhood has been on the back burner of every city agenda for long enough. We need a strong voice in Metro Council that will lead, not just follow. I promise to listen to your concerns, consult with our neighbors, and inform you before I take action on any matter that may affect our district.”

Underground Nashville recently conducted this interview with Ms. Roberts about her candidacy:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  Please tell us—as specifically as possible—exactly how your constituents will benefit if you are elected to the Metro Council.

MARY CAROLYN ROBERTS: The residents in District 20 will immediately see the benefits of my open-door communication style. I have made myself readily available to all constituents via our website, Facebook page, email, and by phone. For the first time in many years, the people of our community will finally have a voice. They will be among the first to learn of the issues that are likely to have a direct impact on our neighborhoods and their lives. Open communication is key to creating the dialogue that will help us make better decisions for our communities. I plan to be a conduit at the Metro Council for the people of the 20th District.

UN:  What compelled you to run for this particular office?  Did it involve something you felt the Metro Council was NOT doing, that it SHOULD be doing?

MCR: I was actually asked to run for Metro Council by some of my neighbors who felt our district deserved better representation, who felt we deserved someone who would really listen to our needs and then represent “our voice” on council and not the voice of special interests. I chose to run because I felt I can make a difference in our community. The vast majority of people I talk with who are living in District 20 are for preserving our neighborhoods, saving the fairgrounds, and blocking the development of May Town—all issues our current councilperson voted against.

UN:  If you are elected what will be your highest governing priority?

MCR:  My highest priority will be listening to the people living in District 20 and making sure their concerns, and no one else’s, are heard loud and clear in Metro Council. I will focus on preserving our neighborhoods as places where we can raise families, making our schools places where our children can succeed and broaden their horizons.  I will work on partnering with our local police precinct to make our streets safer places.  My job is simply to represent the people of District 20 and to make their concerns my highest governing priority.

For more information about Mary Carolyn Roberts and her campaign for Metro Council, visit

Early voting begins on July 15 and ends July 30. The election will be held on Thursday, August 4.

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 writer.



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