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Dr. Carol M. Swain

From G.E.D to Ph.D.

I was born one of 12 children to a poor rural family. I dropped out of high school, married at the age of 16 and had three children by the time I was 21. Statistically speaking, I should have never broken the barrier of poverty. But through working numerous jobs, going to college, and earning five degrees, I eventually became a professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities.

You see, I’m the product of determination and American opportunity. I’m living proof that dreams aren’t limited or determined by zip code, ethnicity, or income bracket. But at the same time, I’ve worked as a door-to-door salesperson, a garment factory worker, a nurse’s aide in a home for the elderly, and a library assistant. I know firsthand what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to pay rent.

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Carol is a truth speaker and a constitutional conservative who believes in transparency and fairness. She will work hard to protect everyone’s right to live and work in a safe and affordable environment where government works for you and not against you. Carol will work hard to restore faith and trust in metro government and how it spends your tax dollars.

She is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Swain is passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square. She is an author, public speaker, and political commentator.

Dr. Swain’s opinion pieces have been published in CNN Online, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and USA Today. She has appeared on ABC Headline News, BBC Radio, NPR, INT News, CNN’s AC360, Fox News’ Hannity, Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Judge Jeanine, The Story with Martha MacCallum, Michael Smerconish, The PBS News Hour, The Washington Journal, and ABC’s Headline News. She had a major role in Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and has had three Prager University videos go viral.

Her commentary on social and political issues can be heard nationally on Bott Radio and American Family Radio’s Two Minutes to Think About it. Dr. Swain received a B.A. from Roanoke College, M.A. from Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and M.S.L. from Yale.



  • Carol Swain is fabulously intelligent, articulate, and stands on principle. Her wisdom and values makes her the perfect answer to what Nashville needs right now in a Mayor.

    Dave Ramsey National Radio Host
  • Dr. Carol Swain believes in Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. She is a great American, a true Patriot, and a unifying voice in America for such a time as this. Dr. Swain’s life is a true American success story, the result of hard work, intelligence, great education, compassion for all people, a passion for righteousness and opportunity, and an unshakable trust in God.

    Dick Bott Radio Show Legend
  • If you live in Nashville and don't help the spectacular Carol Swain get elected your next mayor, you will only have yourself to blame. It does NOT get better than Carol Swain and I am THRILLED she has decided to run!!!

    Eric Metaxas Best-selling author & syndicated radio host
  • Voters of Nashville, you have a rare opportunity to have, as your Mayor, one of the most wonderful people living in America today. I very rarely say such things and when I do, I really mean them. Carol is not only good, kind, and brilliant; she has the most rare trait of all, courage.

    Dennis Prager Found of PragerU & Syndicated Radio Host
  • I give my strongest endorsement to Dr. Carol Swain’s mayoral bid. I have known Carol for over 15 years. She is a person of high integrity and courage. Carol is a visionary who will exercise good judgment as she works with others to keep Nashville strong and vibrant.

    Mike Hardwick Chairman, Churchill Mortgage
  • Carol Swain is a brilliant woman of humble beginnings, who has the education, intelligence, and character to provide inspirational and Godly leadership for Nashville...As a private individual, I am honored to endorse Carol Swain for Mayor, and pray that her election will be the start of a new generation of leaders who will return this nation to the constitutional principles upon which it was founded.

    Dr. James Dobson Chairman Emeritus, Focus on the Family

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