Search committee to vet candidates for TNDP chair

Nashville real estate businessman Bill Freeman will lead a committee vetting candidates to the position of Tennessee Democratic chairman, according to the Tennessean.

Freeman, who said Monday that he’s leaning toward running for mayor of Nashville in 2015, accepted the offer in an email to state Democratic Party executive committee members Tuesday.

Roy Herron, the party chairman since January 2013, told executive committee members last month that he wouldn’t seek another two-year term this winter. Sylvia Woods, an executive committee member for the past 25 years, said she and other members want a panel appointed by Freeman to narrow the field of possible replacements to “the top two or three candidates that are capable of doing the job.”

…Freeman, the chairman of Nashville-based real estate firm Freeman Webb Co., was a top fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. In his email to Woods and Barbara Wagner, another executive committee member, he said the vetting committee would start meeting after the Nov. 4 general election, which includes gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, congressional and General Assembly races.

… “I anticipate that the work of this committee will be complete around Thanksgiving and that our formal recommendations be given to you at that time.”