Transit referendum vote nears

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As the transit referendum vote on May 1 nears, both sides of the issue are hoping to get people to the polls.

Around 70 pro-transit volunteers spent Saturday pounding the pavement and knocking on doors in Antioch.

David Rutledge and Carliss Bussey are members of the LiUNA labor union, which represents construction workers.

They are volunteering to get out the vote in favor of Transit.

“We’re here supporting the transit plan because we believe it’s going to create a lot of good jobs here in the city,” said Rutledge. “We really think that when people learn about the plan and learn about the opportunities it’s going to create, the conveniences it’s going to create, they’ll want to get out and support this plan and make a positive change for our community.”

On the other side of the debate, the No Tax for Tracks PAC is hoping to get voters to the polls and vote against transit.

jeff carr is a senior adviser with the group.

“Our focus has been educating people and telling them to read the plan if you can, and make sure you read the words that are in the referendum,” said carr. “None of the commercials are going to be on the referendum. Only the referendum is going to be there. We find that the more people read the referendum, the more people lean against it.”

As pro-transit volunteers canvassed the Cambridge Forest neighborhood Saturday, one resident said he has already made up his mind about transit.

Rev. Dr. Graham P. Matthews, a pastor and college professor, told News 2 he and his wife plan to vote for transit on May 1.

“We’ve lived in large metropolitan cities like Philadelphia and New Orleans, where they had effective transportation,” said Matthews. “Nashville is growing and you need effective transportation.”

Nearly 60,000 people went to the polls during early voting, which wrapped up Thursday.

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