Russ is running against a vocally anti-LGBTQ opponent
Russ was born and raised in Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. After graduation Russ made the move to Nashville and loved every moment since.
He has twice been elected by the Nashville MSU Chapter to the position of Vice President and now currently serves as the Secretary and Community Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator and has organized many events over his six-year tenure in his community. Russ uses his love and pride of his university as well as his desire to give back to motivate other alumni and family to get involved and spread the Bulldog Spirit in Music City.
Growing up, he was taught the importance of service and giving back. Russ’ family is full of veterans, teachers, and public servants and its that background that is leading him to run for office. That same desire to give back is what inspired Russ to run for Metro Council. Russ has enjoyed many opportunities and seeks to make sure that all Nashvillians benefit from the same opportunities. He intends to use his position to push for affordable housing, better roads and infrastructure, protecting neighborhoods from irresponsible development, and making sure that the city’s teachers, police, and other Metro employees get the pay they deserve.
Russ looks forward to being the second member of his family elected to office. His cousin, Sarah Fortney, was elected to the Polk County (FL) School Board last year and is its first openly LGBTQ boardmember.