Editor's note: Belmont University students have collaborated with The Tennessean to cover the 2015 Nashville mayoral race. Seven students profiled the seven major candidates with a focus on engaging younger voters and asking questions pertaining to them and their peers. This coverage leads up to the mayoral debates in May and June sponsored by The Tennessean and Belmont with broadcast partner WSMV-TV.
A Music City love story
Megan Barry first arrived in Nashville in the 1990s to study at Vanderbilt University. Her plan was to stay 18 months and then leave, but something happened. She fell in love with Nashville, stuck around, and soon met her husband and started her family and her corporate life here. Politics soon entered her life as she began to get involved in her neighborhood association that led her to join the parent teacher organization at her child's school. In the '90s then-mayor of Nashville Bill Purcell appointed her to the ethics conduct board and this gave Barry her first taste of public service. In 2007, she ran for council member at-large and won. She ran again in 2011, emerging victorious for a second time. She has spent the last seven and half years in both business and government.