By grandstand staff
NASHVILLE, TN – Former Metro Councilman Jerry Maynard, II is running for the District 19 state senator seat previously held by Brenda Gilmore.
With the backing of community leaders including Howard Gentry, Sharon Hurt, Vincent Dixie and Brenda and Erica Gilmore, The Tennessee Tribune is the latest to officially endorse Maynard for the role.
“What we do is just as important as what we say, and while we are responsible for providing accurate information to our readers, we also take the opportunity to interpret information from our informed perspective. with this in mind that the Tennessee Tribune officially endorses Jerry Maynard, II for the position of State Senator, District 19, soon to be vacated by retiring Senator Brenda Gilmore,” wrote Tribune Editor Rosetta Miller -Perry.
Maynard joined the race after Tennessee’s anti-skullduggery act was sparked by Gilmore’s retirement past the April 7 filing deadline.
“After a thorough review of the candidates, their experience and their backgrounds, we believe that our best path forward for our community is to trust a voice that has represented the African American community with strength, vision and responsibility for more than twenty years. .
That nominee is Jerry Maynard, II,” Miller-Perry continued.
Maynard ran his campaign on his merits, which include his experience in politics, business and law; he’s a pastor, former metro alderman, entrepreneur and lawyer with a long list of community contributions, including efforts to save Nashville General Hospital from closing, securing funds for the establishment of the National Museum of Afro Music -American and bring the Nashville Football Club to Music City.
He also played a vital role in implementing the Metro Small Business Growth Act, the Diversity and Inclusion Act and the Metro Workforce Development Program, its website notes.
Maynard founded The Maynard Group, the state’s largest black-owned government relations firm, and serves with his father, Bishop Jerry Maynard, Sr., as weekly ministers at the Cathedral of Worship in the State. Church of God in Christ in Nashville.
He was also part of a statewide minority voter registration effort that saw 40,000 voters added to rolls during his time working with the Tennessee Democratic Party, and led an alliance of 3,000 pastors in the Fellowship Unite organization to engage millennial minority voters.
As a city councilman, Maynard co-sponsored the Metro Employee Health Care Incentive Plan that eliminated out-of-pocket costs to Metro employees at Nashville General and reformed city contracts that led to providing $300 million dollars to women’s and minority-owned businesses and small businesses.
In her endorsement of Maynard, Councilor Sharon Hurt said: “His approach is fearless and effective. You don’t get things done by going forward to get along. You have to have the courage to stand up to the mayor, the governor or a CEO. You also need to be able to work with anyone to make things happen for the community. The Nashville General and the National Museum for African American Music are prime examples of where Jerry’s fearless efficiency has achieved great victories for our community.
To that end, Maynard has an extensive record of community advocacy and engagement, including establishing a scholarship fund for Tennessee State University students and creating Christmas in July, which provides necessary items such as appliances, clothes and toys to the needy.
Maynard said he supports an elimination of taxes on groceries to help offset the financial burden suffered by Nashvillians who are suffering from high gas prices and inflation.
“I learned from the best to do my best for this community,” Maynard said. “I’m based on my background of giving back and getting things for this community. My track record is deep and wide. I will fight with everything I have even more as a senator.