Erik Cole (legislator)

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Erik Cole is a member of the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County, representing the 7th district.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Erik Cole was elected to serve as a councilman in 2003.[2] In August 2006, he became the council's president pro tempore, meaning he would substitute for the council's president when the vice mayor became absent.[3] He is Vice Chair of the Federal Grants Review Committee and a member of the Health, Hospitals, and Social Services; Planning, Zoning, and Historical; and Transportation and Aviation Committees.[4]

He works as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. After graduating from Hillsboro High School, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Minor in Environmental Studies from James Madison University at Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is also a member of the Metro Homeless Commission.[1]

Political views[edit]

Erik Cole voted against the English First bill,[5] which would have declared English as Nashville's official language.[6] He also voted against canceling zoning in Percy Priest Lake.[7] On the third reading, he voted for the proposal for a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds,[8] which included provisions for hotels, condos, shops and other businesses on the land adjacent to the stadium.[9]


  1. ^ a b " - Metro Council - District 7 Representative Erik Cole". Archived from the original on August 6, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  2. ^ Schrade, Brad; Paine, Ann (2003-10-08). "Cole voted council's pro tem". The Tennessean. 
  3. ^ Harrless, Bill (2006-08-30). "Cole voted council's pro tem". The Nashville City Post. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ " - Metro Council Committees". Archived from the original on August 22, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ Allen, Jared (2007-02-21). "Council rejects English First veto override". The Nashville City Post. 
  6. ^ "NewsChannel Nashville, Tennessee - Metro English First Bill Moves Forward:". Archived from the original on November 29, 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  7. ^ "City council votes". The Tennessean. 2007-06-05. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Sounds proposal vote breakdown". The Nashville City Post. 2006-02-08. 
  9. ^ "NewsChannel Nashville, Tennessee - Sounds Ballpark Proposal Up For Vote". Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2007.