After successfully raising over $500,000 for President Obama’s re-election bid this year, real estate executive Bill Freeman is now considering a run for Nashville mayor in 2015.
While any candidate coming from the business sector may often be subjected to voter scrutiny due to their affiliations with numerous companies within their designated industries, Freeman still believes that he’d make a good mayor, but still hasn’t set any solid deadline as to when he’d make a final decision.
“I’ve not made any decisions on that, pro or con,” he said. “I’m intrigued by the possibility of a businessperson looking at it. But I’m also intrigued with the crop of candidates that are considering it.”
Metro lobbyist Joe Hall believes that Freeman’s move to run for government office would certainly intrigue the business community. He co-founded Freeman Webb, a real estate firm which was named as the top property management company within the country in 2010 by the National Association of Home Builders.
Although Freeman stood in opposition against Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen (ever since his time as Nashville mayor), the real estate exec managed to prove his ability to generate massive funds yet again this 2012. Also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, Freeman was touted as the top bundler of Obama’s campaign this year.
“I think Bill Freeman has a capability of raising a lot of money in a short period of time,” said Hall. “At this position in the race, which is very early by any measure, Bill Freeman is an intriguing name because he’s a new name in a field that’s an old crowd.”
However, Hall points out that any mayoral candidate has the tough task of having to garner support from the business community without being speculated as the sector’s “own” candidate. Being labeled a puppet for such a community would be off-putting to voters who are mainly concerned with the preservation of their neighborhoods.
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