Activist Rev. Bill Barnes is excited to announce today his endorsement of Megan Barry to be Nashville’s next mayor.
“We have taken some strong first steps towards housing equality, but we still have a long way to go. Megan Barry will lead the charge on this,” said Barnes. “I firmly believe that Megan’s ethic of inclusivity, progressive values, and deep compassion for others will drive Nashville forward towards justice and peace for all.”
Barnes, a Methodist minister and civil rights activist, has been a life-long advocate for social justice and affordable housing. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Barnes is the founding pastor of Edgehill United Methodist Church and is still active in the community as a champion of the rights of the poor and the marginalized.
Barnes has also served as the Vice President of the Tennessee Council of Human Relations, Middle Tennessee. In 2007, he published To Love a City, a book that chronicles his ministry in the Edgehill community. Barnes is also the namesake of the Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing.
“Rev. Barnes has worked tirelessly for years to ensure that Nashville remains affordable for people of all income levels.” Barry said. “I am humbled to have his support and look forward to continuing to fight alongside him for affordable housing for all Nashvillians.”
On the Metro Council, Megan Barry co-sponsored the legislation that created the Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing in order to build more affordable housing units in the Nashville area for working families. Barry has also worked to increase revenue for the funds, helping to create a dedicated revenue stream with taxes collected from short-term rental properties, as well advocating for the Dean administration to set aside revenue from the sale of the old convention center to be used for the fund.