Martez Coleman is active in our community, serving on the Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministries Executive Board, Crossing Nashville Action Partnership, and Southeast Easter Egg Hunt Committee, an event that draws around 3,000 people annually. Every Tuesday night, he leads an inner-city ministry at Terrance Park, where he teaches bible class and serves refreshments to area children. Martez serves as a deacon in his church of 20 years, Rural Hill Church of Christ.
At 6’4” and 320 pounds, Martez is an imposing figure, but at an early age, his grandmother gave Him the nickname “Teddy Bear” and it stuck. Four decades later, his family, friends, and fellow church members still call him “Teddy Bear,” instead of his given name.
Martez grew up near the fairgrounds in Nashville and is a graduate of John Overton High School and Lipscomb University. He has lived in District 33 for the last 14 years. When not working or serving the community, Martez spends time with his family, which includes a grown son and two teenagers, a son who plays football and daughter who is a cheerleader, and his wife of 17 years, Tasha.
“As a Council member, anytime there’s a problem, my job will be to figure out what the holdup is and what’s key to getting what my district needs. I’m not afraid to speak or to say no. I plan to have community meetings. I listen, and I return phone calls.” - Martez Coleman
While most of District 33 is residential, the area includes the site of the former Starwood Amphitheater. Developers envisioned housing, parks, and businesses, but the Metro Council has never approved any plans to improve the property. Martez believes the Starwood Amphitheater property is an eyesore that needs to be resolved. Developing the site and recruiting businesses as tenants there and in other parts of the district would be a step in the right direction to bringing shoppers back to Antioch. Sales tax revenue would increase, helping to pay for needed infrastructure and potentially lowering property taxes, which could be one way to make housing more affordable.
Martez will work to revitalize shopping options in Antioch so residents don’t have to travel to other counties to buy items they need, and the sales taxes will stay in Davidson County, benefiting our area, instead of benefiting Williamson, Rutherford, and Wilson Counties.