The Ceiling Can't Hold Us

January 15, 2023

Horserace coverage of the mayor's race is starting.

Steve Cavendish's summary analysis: "District 19 Councilmember Freddie O’Connell raised $100,000 quickly after declaring in the spring, but his ceiling may be lower."

Two thoughts:

  • You're our ceiling. Every time you've shown up as investors in this important effort, you've helped us surprise people. Thank you for continually showing up and helping us do much more than the "he can't raise money" crowd could ever have imagined. Just keep showing up, and we'll keep surprising them.
  • We've known from the outset that challenging an incumbent mayor and running against multiple multimillionaires would mean we would never win the resource race.

But the best part is we don't have to. We just have to reach our goals. And every time we need to hit one, you show up for us.

Today is a big fundraising deadline for every candidate. If you show up today, we blow past our goal for the end-of-year fundraising period.

We're delighted because we now have dozens of people supporting us with recurring donations. You'd be amazed what $5, $10, $25 can do, especially when it adds up month over month.

Today's not just a deadline imposed by the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance; it also gives our team the confidence to set a budget and plan staffing and media resources.

I hope you can join our donor community today. It's full of wonderful Nashvillians. You'll recognize a lot of them.


You've really carried us such a long way already. August doesn't seem so far away, but we've got a lot of work to do between now and then.

Oh, and don't forget to sign up with Scott if you'd like to join our team for a day of service activity tomorrow on MLK Day.

Thanks for everything.

My best ...


Freddie O'Connell

Metro Council, District 19

Mayoral Candidate, 2023


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