A political race is attracting noticeable attention in Knoxville, even though next month's primary is getting little interest.
Signs have been popping up around town that come from police officers, and they're aimed at City Councilman Nick Della Volpe.
Signs outside of Fraternal Order of Police Volunteer Lodge #2 ask voters to say no to Councilman Della Volpe.
FOP President Mark Taylor says it's rare for the group to oppose a candidate.
"It's less talking, and more listening. We don't feel like Mr. Della Volpe even listens to our side and that's important, whether you have to make a decisions opposite of that or not."
"This is America. The first amendment allows them to say whatever they need to say. They put up some signs opposing me, I gather, based on my position in council meetings a year ago when we had a review of the pension system."
It's a system Della Volpe says is underfunded by 248 million dollars.
Della Volpe wants to continue discussions on pension reform. "It's my job I think to raise those questions and to confront them before the car goes over the cliff."
Taylor says it goes beyond pension disagreements. But FOP will not endorse a candidate until after the primary, though Della Volpe's opponent is no stranger to law enforcement.
He's Rick Staples, a sheriff's deputy. "Willing to work with them to have safer neighborhoods, listen to them and what they desire. Obviously they want to retire with dignity and they want to put food on the table like everyone else in the community," Staples said.
Deputy Staples says he's passionate about improving the Knoxville Center Mall area, which is also a major focus for Della Volpe as a council member.
But it's up to the voters to decide who will represent District 4. Councilman Dan Brown is the only other incumbent facing an opponent in this year's election.
Voters will decide between Brown or Pete Drew. Early voting starts on September 4th. The primary is on September 24th.