Russ will be an important voice for equality on the Nashville Metro Council!
Russ was born and raised in Mississippi, graduating from Mississippi State University in 2009 with his Bachelor’s Degree. Rus and his partner, Matt, live in the Donelson area with their cat Denny, and two rescue dogs Nova and Jack. Russ is a quality assurance and control manager for a healthcare IT and consulting firm based out of the Washington, DC area. Russ is not the first member of his family to be involved in politics; his cousin Sara Fortney was elected in 2018 to Polk Co School Board in Florida. Russ was elected to serve the people and communities of District 13 in 2019. He serves on the Metro Council’s Planning & Zoning Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Russ is the Vice Chair of the Public Facilities, Arts, & Culture Committee. He is also a founding member of the Metro Council’s LGBTQ Caucus and serves as secretary. Russ was also appointed to serve on two special committees – Voter Engagement & Turn Out and Council Benefits Reform. Russ is working hard to improve the lives of not just his constituents, but ALL of Nashville.