Megan Barry says she expected to be outspent by her mayoral rivals — but can she afford to let them catch up in name recognition?

Nashville Scene

Megan Barry has been thinking about this summer for years. The 51-year-old corporate executive and two-term At-Large Metro Councilwoman knew when she first signaled she would run for mayor that others would follow, bringing with them deeper pockets than hers...

The Barry campaign wouldn't reveal how many volunteers it has. Yet about a dozen volunteers spent a recent evening sitting in a second-floor apartment off West End, dialing people they've never spoken to on their cellphones and compiling data. Some of them say people know the Megan Barry name when they call, but they still don't know who the candidates are as people, let alone who to vote for.

"I'm going to do 1,000 if it kills me," says Pearl Sims, an adjunct professor of graduate courses in civic leadership at Lipscomb University and a retired Vandy professor of leadership, public policy and technology. She's pledged $1,000 to Barry's campaign and to knock on as many doors. She's hit 481 so far.

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