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Nashville Scene: Who Will Speak for the Trees? Apparently, Thousands of Nashvillians

March 30, 2019

Mayoral candidate and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons issued a statement that reads, in part: “Nashville cannot forget the contributions of Ms. Betty Brown. The Betty Brown Tree Trail and…

Scoop Nashville: ‘Cultural Incompetence’ – Says Mayoral Candidate About Mayor Briley’s Decision to Remove Cherry Blossom Trees for NFL Draft

March 30, 2019

State Representative John Ray Clemmons, who is Running to be the next Mayor of Nashville, said Saturday the decision by Mayor Briley’s administration to allow the removal and destruction of…

News Channel 5: Nashville affordable housing: Mayor’s plan will provide 10K new units over next 10 years

March 26, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor David Briley has announced a major commitment to creating more affordable housing in Nashville. Briley made the announcement Tuesday morning at the Kirkpatrick Park residential…

Tennessee Holler: TN GOP Kills Bill To Stop Shaming Hungry Students

March 11, 2019

Republicans voted 4-2 to defeat The Tennessee Hunger-Free Students Act—a bill with three measures to ensure students can eat school lunches and not be punished when parents fail to pay…

The Tennessean: Affordable housing shaping up to be key issue in mayoral election as Clemmons criticizes Briley

March 11, 2019

As Nashville’s home prices continue to rise — nearly doubly in the past six years — affordable housing is already shaping up as a key issue in this year’s mayoral election. Nashville’s growth has brought…

WATCH WKRN: This Week with Bob Mueller: February 23, 2019 – John Ray Clemmons

February 23, 2019

Watch State Representative discuss the week’s event with WKRN’s Bob Mueller.   

Nashville Scene: Clemmons Blasts Briley Over Homeless-Camp Clearing, Affordable Housing

February 21, 2019

As Mayor David Briley defends his administration’s decision this week to clear one of the city’s largest homeless encampments, his opponent in this year’s mayoral race is pointing to the…

WKRN: TN representative introduces bill to put ‘Stop the Bleed’ kits in schools

February 4, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – From school shootings to other tragedies, Representative John Ray Clemmons wants schools across the state to be ready for anything. “We need to be properly equipped…

Vanderbilt Hustler: Q&A with John Clemmons, the state representative challenging David Briley for Nashville mayor

February 3, 2019

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons announced his plans to run for Nashville mayor in mid-January, becoming the first candidate to challenge incumbent David Briley. Clemmons currently serves in the Tennessee…

Vanderbilt Political Review: VPR sits down with Vandy’s Rep. John Ray Clemmons, candidate for Mayor of Nashville

February 1, 2019

In mid-January, state representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) announced that he would challenge incumbent Mayor David Briley in this year’s August election. Clemmons is currently representing district 55 (which includes…

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