Jackson Miller announced his campaign at the beginning of the year and made it his mission to make Nashville the #1 urban school district in the nation.
"I told my personal story as someone who needed more support from Metro schools. It's a story that resonates with Nashville families," Miller told NewsChannel 5. "I'm running to make Nashville the best it can be."
Miller is a father of six who has been knocking on doors with volunteers to help spread his mission. But recently, Miller had to address a topic that he feels is taking away from the purpose of the race.
A topic that Miller's opponent Will Pinkston may have helped create.
This week, Will Pinkston's supporter Chelle Baldwin launched a smear campaign around a series of nearly decade old tweets posted by Miller.
"I said some things that were offensive and I apologize for that," Miller said. "I'm not trying to hide it but rather I recognize it was inappropriate and is part of correcting my behavior."
Miller has apologized and addressed the issue multiple times. And community members question the purpose of bringing up the tweets.
"Why are we having this discussion about my comments almost a decade ago?" he questioned. "How are we not discussing why my opponent and I differ in our desire to make Nashville the best school district in the nation?"
Will Pinkston told NewsChannel 5 that Baldwin was a supporter and friend of his. Pinkston denied any involvement in the discovery of the tweets saying "absolutely not."
Early voting starts July 15.
Election Day is August 4.
Personal attacks hurt kids.
They distract us from what really matters:
Getting results for students.
I am sick of it, Nashville is sick of it, and voters are sick of it.
And no one is more sick of it than Sabrina, a District 7 mom and the mother of my 4 oldest kids.
Will Pinkston's attacks on me include details pulled from Sabrina and I's personal divorce filings -- paperwork sealed to protect our children.
Sabrina released this video statement today to keep the conversation where it belongs... on improving our schools.
She and I have worked hard to build a collaborative supportive coparenting relationship. It hasn't always been easy, but it's worth it because it's the best thing for our kids. I'm honored to have her support in this election. And I'll honor it by bringing that same collaborative approach to the tough problems facing our public schools.
It's time to STOP playing politics and start getting real results for Nashville students.
I believe that an important part of raising awareness is speaking up when you see something wrong.
This is how we are able to change attitudes and evolve as a community.
This week, I apologized for some insensitive tweets that I wrote almost a decade ago. I regret them. I'm sorry for writing them.
It is important to me that I admit my mistakes and change my behavior. I mention the timeframe because even though many years have passed since I wrote them, they are still wrong. And because even though as a society we've changed a lot since then, the tweets are still wrong.
What is said online can last a lifetime, and I have lived a very public online life for almost 20 years. It was irresponsible of me not to go through that online history and remove comments that were inappropriate. I’m glad I was told about them and was able to address them.
True leaders admit and learn from their mistakes.
And true supporters say “that’s not ok” when they find one.
Nashville native Jackson Miller, with his family in their home.
Jackson, age 38, and his wife Erica, 34, have six children. Five of them attend public schools in Nashville. Jackson was an MNPS student himself, and attended Eakin Elementary, JT Moore Middle School, and Hillsboro High School.
Children, clockwise from top left:
Carter, age 13, attends Rose Park Middle Magnet School.
Zavier, age 14, attends MLK High School.
Jacob, age 11, attends Meigs Middle Magnet School.
Henry, age 9, attends Waverly Belmont Elementary School.
Cali, age 10, attends public school in Layton, UT.
Maxim, age 7, attends Waverly Belmont Elementary School.