Ask the editor: What is an ‘at-large’ official?


Residents in Williamson County and the Greater Nashville area have likely noticed several varying forms of governance, with some composed of at large members. At-large means a person has been elected to serve an entire city versus a single district or geographic area.

The city of Brentwood, which just held its most recent election May 7, swore in four at-large candidates who will represent the city as a whole as the Brentwood City Commission.

This varies from the city of Franklin, whose Board of Mayor and Aldermen is made up of four at-large representatives and four ward alderpersons, which represent different portions of the city and are required to live within the district they represent.

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.
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