The Argentina-born Nashvillian Fabian Bedne recently announced that he would be running again for Metro Council in District 31, a strip of the southeast part of town that includes sections of Old Hickory Blvd., Nolensville Road, Holt, and Burkitt. The candidate's announcement was covered by In Session, which also provides a little context about the race for that seat.
What caught my eye most from the announcement:
- "Fabian Bedne, residential designer and small business owner..." (that's right - he launched his own business Organicus recently, after working for a while at architectural firms)
- "Bedne named Attorney Bob Tuke as his campaign treasurer" (big name - was the Democratic nominee for one of Tennessee's two seats in the U.S. Senate)
- "This district has continued to develop sustainable growth areas and has become a model on how to eat, work and play right in your own neighborhood and it’s a place that has been wonderful to raise my family.” (reveals Bedne's passion for livable city planning)
- "Neighbors from Brentwood and Lenox Village, to Cane Ridge and Antioch are all supporting my campaign.” (give you a feel for where the district is)
- "Bedne and his family have lived in Davidson County for fifteen years, including thirteen years in District 31 and he currently operates his own business here. He was until recently, a Commissioner with the Davidson County Board of Zoning Appeals, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity, on the Board of the Housing Fund, and Community Nashville, and on the Davidson County Leadership Council of the “Communities Putting Prevention to Work.” He is also the chair of the Beautification Committee of his home subdivision." (updated résumé)
For some deep-dive context on Bedne himself, check out the various stories about him at HispanicNashville.com, such as the following...
- A mention of Bedne in a City Paper article about the city's Hispanic voice in politics
- Bedne's 2009 Veterans' Day statement, in his capacity as President of the Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats
- Bedne's joint statement with Republican Raul Lopez about the importance of citizens' voting rights
- His election to the Executive Committee of the Davidson County Democratic Party
- His service to, and membership on the board of, Habitat for Humanity
...and also check out some of Bedne's guests posts, including these three essays:
HispanicNashville.com wishes Bedne the best in his campaign.