NASHVILLE—Nashville Native Martez Coleman, announced today that he is running for the new District 8 Metro Council seat that was created in the Antioch area after the 2020 census showed a tremendous population increase in the area. He will host a campaign kick-off on Saturday, June 10 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Louie’s Taco Shop & Bar, 2940 Murfreesboro Road #101. This is a free event, open to the public.
Coleman is a product of Nashville public schools having graduated from John Overton High School. He studied business finance at Lipscomb University and has used that education to become one of the most successful mortgage bankers in the area. He has worked in the field for over two decades and has twice been named a Top Producer. He currently works with Renasant Mortgage Lending.
“I am running for Council because we need a councilmember who is responsive to the citizens. I return my phone calls. I pledge to hold regular community meetings to listen to the needs of the residents and to communicate about items of importance being decided by the Metro Council. I will work to improve our quality of life by working for first-class schools, affordable housing, sidewalks, roadways, public transit, support of first responders and our infrastructure,” said Coleman.
Coleman is a Nashville native, having been reared in the Fairgrounds area. He has owned his home in what is now District 8, for 18 years. His community service includes work with the Southeast Egg Hunt & Festival committee, an event that draws upwards of 5,000 people annually. He has worked for several years with the Inner-City ministry at Terrace Park, transporting up to 35 children a week to Rural Hill Church of Christ, where he served many years as a Deacon.
District 8 includes Antioch High School, John F. Kennedy Middle School, and Thomas Edison Elementary School. Coleman is especially interested in making a difference for public schools by voting for a Metro budget that includes increases for Teachers’ and supporting employees’ salaries and the safety of our children, while in school.
Coleman emphasizes the need for infrastructure in our area to meet the needs of the huge influx of new residents. He said, “infrastructure includes not only roads and sidewalks, but well-staffed schools, police and fire protection, access to high-speed Internet, public transit, clean water, clean air, and reduction of air pollution. Additionally, our community needs dependable garbage pickup and pothole repairs.”
Several years ago, Fire Station #35 was opened on Hobson Pike. The station is staffed 24/7 by medical technicians, which is a comfort to the older residents nearby. Martez pledges his support of the Station #35 firefighters, to be sure they have what they need to protect our community.
Recently Coleman attended the groundbreaking for the new Southeast Police Precinct which is scheduled to open in 2024. He was able to speak with Chief John Drake and was happy to find out the new precinct will be fully staffed and will greatly relieve the over-worked South and Hermitage Precincts that now serve the Antioch area. He pledged to do whatever necessary to see that the new precinct opens in a timely manner.
When not working or serving the community, Coleman enjoys keeping up with his two sons who are college students; one of whom is on a football scholarship. He is also proud of his daughter who is a rising college sophomore in the Fall. He takes advantage of living only a short distance from Four Corners Marina on beautiful Percy Priest Lake. He particularly enjoys supporting our home teams including Nashville Soccer, Sounds Baseball, the Titans, and the Predators.