Ludye N. Wallace v. Metropolitan Government Of Nashville And Davidson County, Tennessee Et Al.

Ludye N. Wallace v. Metropolitan Government Of Nashville And Davidson County, Tennessee Et Al.
M2018-00481-SC-RDM-CV

We assumed jurisdiction over this appeal pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 16-3-201(d)(1) and Rule 48 of the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court and ordered expedited briefing and oral argument. The issue we must determine is whether the vacancy in the Office of Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County may be filled at the August 2, 2018 election, or whether it must be filled at a special election pursuant to section 15.03 of the Metropolitan Charter. We conclude that section 15.03 of the Metropolitan Charter requires that a special election be set, that the Davidson County Election Commission therefore acted in contravention of the Charter in setting the election on August 2, 2018, and that the trial court erred in denying Mr. Wallace’s claims for relief and dismissing this case. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is reversed. The Commission is hereby ordered to set a special election in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 2-14-102(a). This opinion is not subject to rehearing under Tennessee Rule of Appellate Procedure 39, and the Clerk is directed to certify this opinion as final and to immediately issue the mandate.  

Authoring Judge: 
Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins
Originating Judge: 
Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman
Date Filed: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018