Odessa Kelly running for Cooper's congressional seat

Odessa Kelly

Odessa Kelly, the Nashville activist and Stand Up Nashville co-founder, is moving her congressional campaign from the 5th District to the 7th District following redistricting.

Kelly was initially challenging Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) in the 5th District’s Democratic primary, but redistricting split Nashville into three different districts, each favoring Republicans.

Kelly now will run in the Democratic primary in an effort to take on incumbent Rep. Mark Green (R-Clarksville), whose 7th District now includes much of the northern part of Davidson County.

Cooper decided to retire rather than seek reelection in the new-look 5th District. More than a dozen Republicans are currently positioning themselves for bids in the 5th District.

“The people I know, whether they live in North Nashville, Clarksville, Waverly or the hollers, they don’t care about no lines," Kelly said in an announcement video. "These people just want clean air, better schools and more money in their pocket.” 

The 7th District now includes the northwestern part of Davidson County, the western half of Williamson County and all or part of several more rural counties to the west of Nashville, stretching from the Alabama border to the Kentucky border.