About John & Events

Born in Nashville and raised in Shelbyville, John has served as an At-Large Member of Metro Council since 2015. John is married to Laura Fitzgerald Cooper, a former Constitutional law professor and they have three teenage sons and four dogs.

In Council, he has focused on issues around Metro’s use of public resources — both tax dollars and public property — and he has worked to bring greater financial accountability and transparency to how those public resources are managed. He spearheaded the successful drive to save Ft. Negley Park from private commercial development, and he worked to raise public awareness about the financial impact of the Mayor’s $9 billion transit plan, rejected by taxpayers last year. John led the move in Council to strengthen the role of the Public Auditor, and his initiative created the Metro Blue Ribbon Commission, to identify where tax dollars can be used or saved more effectively. He has sponsored a Metro Charter amendment that would require Metro Departments to report performance details, so that Council and the public can measure progress on budgeted priorities.

John has served on numerous Metro Council committees, including the Independent Audit Committee, Public Works, Parks and Libraries, and Budget and Finance, which he chaired from 2016-2017. He serves on the Greenways Commission and the Leadership Council for Nashville’s After-Zone Alliance, which supports after-school learning in public schools.

John brings to public service more than 30 years of business and financial experience in the banking, real estate and retail business. A Vanderbilt MBA, he has developed more than one million square feet of commercial real estate, primarily in Williamson County. He is the founder and managing partner of the Heritage at Brentwood, a large continuing-care senior living community located off Concord Road. Through his real estate projects, he created and donated two signature public parks in Brentwood: the Tower Park and the Margaret Hayes Powell Park. John also founded Happy ReTales, a volunteer-directed pet products retail store, where all profits go to animal rescue. Managed by a dedicated group of staff and volunteers, Happy ReTales has provided over $500,000 to local animal charities. John and his family attend Christ Church Cathedral.


Southeast Meet & Greet at GranDale manor

Location: GranDale Manor: 200 Nashboro Blvd, Nashville, TN 37217
Date: Friday, July 19th
Time: 5:30 – 7pm

Knock for Cooper

Location: 2501 McGavock Pk #300, Nashville, TN 37214
Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: Meet at Campaign HQ anytime between 10am – 2pm

Fish Fry and Vote with John Cooper at Bordeaux Library

Location: Bordeaux Library: 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, TN 37218
Date: Saturday July, 20th
Time: 1-4:30 pm

Conversation with John Cooper and Brenda Haywood

Location: Fontanel Winery: 4125 Whites Creek Pk., Whites Creek, TN 37189
Date: Sunday, July 21
Time: 3:00 pm

Meet and Greet with Manuel Delgado at Delgado Guitars

Location: Delgado Guitars: 919 Gallatin Ave #10,  Nashville, TN 37206
Date: Tuesday, July 23
Time: 5:30 – 7pm

Gruhn Guitars Fundraiser

Location: 2120 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm

**This is a paid event.

Southeast Meet & Greet at Angelos Pizza

Location: Angelos Pizza: 2713 Murfreesboro Pike, Antioch, TN 37013
Date: Friday, July 26th
Time: 5:30 – 7pm

Knock for Cooper

Location: 2501 McGavock Pk #300, Nashville, TN 37214
Date: Saturday, July 27
Time: Meet at Campaign HQ anytime between 10am – 2pm

Fish Fry and Vote with John Cooper at Southeast Library

Location: Southeast Library: 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Antioch, TN 37013
Date: Saturday July, 207h
Time: 11:00am-4:30 pm

Joelton Meet & Greet hosted by Frankie Krantz

Location: 6770 Clarksville Pike, Joelton, TN 37080
Date: Saturday, July 27
Time: 4 – 7:30pm

Ice Cream Social  Meet and Greet at home of Meera Ballal

Location: 3513 Woodmont blvd. Nashville, TN 37215
Date: Sunday, July 28
Time: 5 – 7pm

Hermitage Barbecue Meet and Greet at Treemont Mansion Event Center

Location: Treemont Mansion Event Center: 4125 Saundersville Rd., Old hickory, TN 37138
Date: Tuesday, July 30
Time: 6 – 8pm

Election Night at The Elks Lodge

Location: The Elks Lodge: 2614 Jefferson St., Nashville, TN 37208
Date: Thursday, August 1st
Time: 6 – 9pm