Maria Salas, a well-known Nashville bankruptcy lawyer and human rights advocate, has told Out & About Newspaper that she will not be running for Metro Council.
Salas had been mulling over a run for the District 18 council spot in the 2007 race, a position currently held by Ginger Hausser. Had she ran and won, she would have been the first openly gay person in Nashville to serve in a publicly elected office.
“I have decided not to run based on personal reasons,” Salas said. “It’s been a very hard decision.”
Salas has recently started her own law firm, Salas Slocum Law Group, PLLC. The amount of time needed to campaign would have been significant she said.
Salas has been active in the GLBT community, serving on the local HRC board of directors, and has served since June 2003 on the Metro Human Relations Commission, a volunteer board that promotes diversity and investigates discrimination.
Salas, who moved to Middle Tennessee from Chattanooga in 1981, attended Middle Tennessee State University on a basketball scholarship. After graduation and working in administration at Cumberland University and Austin Peay State University, she enrolled at Nashville School of Law. She received the Nashville Bar Association’s pro bono award for service in 2001 for donating legal service to people who can’t afford a lawyer, and is a member of the bar’s board of directors.
Out & About Newspaper has learned that yet another potential gay candidate for the District 18 council position may emerge, with that person currently talking to several of the community leaders to test support. That person was not ready to make an announcement.