Nashville community invited to county-wide candidates meet and greet on July 8

On Saturday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are co-hosting a County-wide Candidates Meet and Greet in Fannie Mae Dees Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave. (also known as Dragon Park). This event is in collaboration with the Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association and Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors. 

A Nashville campaign tradition, this meet and greet provides an opportunity for the local community, including the Vanderbilt community, to become better informed about their choices in the upcoming election. 

 This free event will feature candidates for mayor, vice mayor and Metro Council at-large. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the candidates and enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch. 

Early voting in Davidson County begins on Friday, July 14, and ends on Saturday, July 29. Polls are open on Election Day, Aug. 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit for more election information and voter registration details and to find your polling location. 

Vanderbilt has partnered with TurboVote to provide a voting resource to the community. Visit to get help with voter registration and voting by mail and to sign up for election reminders. 

To foster active democracy, Vanderbilt has also partnered with several other community organizations, neighborhood associations, nonprofits and media outlets to provide multiple opportunities for the community to engage with election candidates and understand their perspectives on important issues. Three of these forum events have been held to date, with two more to come on July 8 and July 11. Learn more