William Paxson Purcell III was the fifth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, elected first in 1999 and reelected to a second term in 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party. On June 24, 2008 he was named director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Purcell assumed the post on September 1, 2008. He was one of three co-chairs of the Harvard University Allston Work Team.
We're not sitting here thinking there's going to be another property tax increase next year, ... I can tell you that now. I remain hopeful that this is the year in which the state will provide additional resources to the urban systems.
[Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell thanked Metro Schools Director Pedro Garcia and other educators in attendance. The church hosts school-related neighborhood partnerships.] Despite everything we might do during the school day, there is a lot more that needs to be done, ... This is a place for families. And because it is Sunday, it seems appropriate to mention that it makes use of a sacred space. Churches are often looking for ways to make their facilities available through the week in their communities.