Serving the Citizens of District 21
Our district is a diverse area of residential communities, business districts, and institutions. It is important to have good communication with the businesses and institutions who employ our neighbors. My number one job will be serving the citizens of District 21.
Protecting our Neighborhoods
District 21 is growing at a rapid pace. Promoting responsible development of our residential areas is important to preserving the quality of life in our neighborhoods. There should be a balance of single family and multifamily housing. No more “up zoning” single family lots to allow “Tall Skinny” Horizontal Property Regimen (HPR) developments.
Empowering Community Associations
Each neighborhood has its own unique concerns. Community Associations are vital to collecting opinions and information necessary to take action on the issues facing each neighborhood in District 21. I will be an advocate for Community Associations, and I will meet with their members and leaders on a regular basis.
Housing instability and financial stress harm low and median income families. Where housing is scarce or too expensive, businesses will have difficulty hiring or retaining workers. Nashville needs a comprehensive vision for housing policy. The Barnes Fund and Community Land Trust programs can make an impact on the availability of affordable housing for lower income families over a long period of time. We need minimum quality building standards for existing affordable housing programs to reduce the cost of providing energy to these homes. We need to reduce barriers to high opportunity neighborhoods and promote the development of affordable housing where the jobs are so that young workers and lower-income families can live near employment centers, and we need to make changes to our short-term rental policies to increase the availability of long term rental and ownership opportunities.
Ted Chapin was born in Chattanooga, TN, graduated from McCallie High School in 1989, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Presbyterian College in 1993. Ted moved to Nashville in 1997 and lived on Acklen Avenue for 15 years. He has worked in Talent Agency, Management, and Event Promotion sectors of the Entertainment Industry for most of his professional career. In 2008, Ted joined a group of friends to establish Plugged In, Inc. to facilitate the production of education and networking events in Nashville’s technology community by establishing a model to promote the development of volunteer operated events that were supported by sponsorships from local businesses and trade organizations. After the passing of his Mother in 2009 and his Father in 2011, Ted briefly returned to his hometown to support his family. Eager to return to his friends and associates in Nashville, Ted purchased a home on 11th Avenue North in March of 2015. Ted manages a rental property in South Nashville. He remains the Chairman of the E.Y. Chapin Library Fund established to support the library at Central High School in Hamilton County. He is a competitive amateur sailor, skilled woodworker, and enjoys playing the bass guitar.