Candidates for Mayor Try to Win on Education

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Ask any of the five major candidates vying to be Nashville’s next mayor about their number one issue, and without hesitation, the response is ‘education.’ Nashville is different from many cities where the school board has complete control of its own budget. The mayor’s role is to recommend a budget figure which is approved by the Metro Council, this year nearly 600 million dollars. Then the school board has to work within those means. As WPLN’s Blake Farmer reports, the candidates are promising to do much more than simply fund schools.

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Blake Farmer

Blake Farmer is WPLN's assistant news director, but he wears many hats - reporter, editor and host. He covers the Tennessee state capitol while also keeping an eye on Fort Campbell and business trends, frequently contributing to national programs. Born in Tennessee and educated in Texas, Blake has called Nashville home for most of his life.
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