Heidi Campbell isn’t your typical politician. She’s a mom who loves her family and community—and that’s where her story starts.
About a decade ago, Heidi and her husband Andrew were happily raising their two kids, attending soccer games and swim meets, and building a good life in their Oak Hill neighborhood.
About that time, a big developer announced that he intended to lobby city hall to turn a beloved residential green space into another strip mall. Families were upset, but didn’t feel like their voices were being heard.
So Heidi started hitting doors and making calls to her neighbors. She built a people-powered, grassroots campaign to protect the neighborhood — and she won.
It was then she decided to run for office. Heidi was first elected Vice Mayor of her Nashville satellite city, where she also served on the planning commission. Then she was elected Mayor of
Oak Hill, where she fixed a major budget deficit from the previous administration and even eliminated her own salary to cut costs.
Heidi served two successful terms as Oak Hill mayor where her top focus was fixing problems. But oftentimes, she saw the Tennessee General Assembly standing in the way of progress, creating division instead of solutions.
Heidi Campbell, Tennessee Senator
Concerned about the direction of the legislature, Heidi ran for the Tennessee Senate believing that we needed more reasonable, compassionate leaders who will rise above division politics to deliver results for working families and small businesses. And she won again.
In the Tennessee Senate, Heidi has been able to work across the aisle with her Republican colleagues to be a champion for public school students, teachers and their families—standing up to efforts that defund our local school districts. She’s achieved victories for veterans and commuters who want transportation solutions like rail.
Heidi has led the fight to legalize cannabis so we stop wasting tax dollars on incarceration and start creating jobs. And she’s focused on ideas that lower healthcare costs for families.
She’s hammered the administration for wasteful, no-bid contracts where well-connected businesses got a goldmine and taxpayers got the shaft. And she’s been a consistent voice in protecting our land, even working across the aisle to save thousands of acres of hardwood forest from clear-cutting.
Through dedicated perseverance Senator Campbell and her colleague Gloria Johnson were able to accomplish something almost impossible for democrats- in getting a $180M increase in the budget allocation for the Department of Children Services this session.
Heidi Campbell, a fighter for Nashville
Last spring, as session was winding down, Nashville leaders were grappling with the fallout from the legislative senate and house redistricting committees. The committees had divided Nashville into three congressional districts for the purpose of eliminating one of our two democratic state congressmen. There was a strong candidate running in one of the new districts, but nobody was stepping up to run for the 5th (congressman Jim Cooper’s seat).
As the deadline for filing approached and it became apparent that nobody was going to step up to fight for Nashville, Heidi decided to jump in.
Though she knew that the new district was impossibly rigged to favor the opposition, she also knew that the district is bound to trend more democratic in the coming years and that it was important for somebody to fight for the seat- to keep it relevant. She ran a strong campaign- raising over $1.2M in a few short months and outperforming ratings on national indices.
Heidi Campbell, a concerned leader running for Mayor
Nashville is in the midst of a hostile takeover from our state legislature. Members of the controlling party are focused on taking rights away from our city and our families. Nashville’s next mayor needs to have a deep understanding of the political dynamics driving this process.
Heidi’s strong relationships with state leadership, regional mayors, and local stakeholders (e.g. labor, immigrant, healthcare, and nonprofit groups) combined with her history of team-building, leadership, and achieving results make her uniquely suited to lead our city in this moment.
Heidi grew up in Middle Tennessee. She and her husband Andrew are now raising their two children and pet Goldendoodles at their home in south Nashville near Radnor Lake, one of her favorite spots in Davidson County.
Her father is a renowned cardiologist. Her mother is a former nurse, teacher, actress and poet. Her sister is a doctor and a science teacher, and her brother is a urologist.
When she's not working, you'll likely find her at a soccer field, hiking a local trail, or reading a good book.
More about Heidi
Sponsor or co-sponsor of more than 200 bills during the Tennessee General Assembly
Democratic nominee and former candidate for the 5th congressional district
First female Senator for Tennessee Senate District 20
Chair of the Davidson County Legislative Delegation
Sole Democratic member of the Transportation Committee with oversight of the state’s largest infrastructure plan in history
Member of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Fiscal Review Committee
Member of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
Board Member of Rochelle Center
First female Mayor of Oak Hill
Member of the Greater Nashville Regional Council’s Mayor Caucus working on long-term solutions for smart growth, resilient infrastructure, managing municipal waste, and developing our home care workforce
Served on the transit alliance, the south corridor task force, the solid-waste board, and established the Franklin Pike multi-modal task force
Former music industry executive
Songwriter and musician who toured and recorded with her band, The Keep