Knoxville Election 2017: Meet the candidates

With the November election approaching, 30 candidates across Knoxville are running to fill five open City Council seats.

The city of Knoxville will see sweeping leadership changes during the November election.

Five of the nine seats on city council will soon need to be filled. The council members representing the first, second, third, fourth and sixth districts are all term-limited, and therefore cannot run for re-election. 

This means citizens will soon elect five first-time members during the general election in November. 

A record-breaking 31 people qualified to run in the various districts in the Aug. 29 primary. After the primary, only the top two candidates from each of the districts will move on to the Nov. 7 general election.


In order to inform Knoxville residents of the choices in the upcoming primary and election, WBIR 10News and Fox 43 News at 6:30 anchor John Becker has been reaching out to each of the candidates for roundtable interviews, starting with district one. The interviews are formatted to last approximately two and a half minutes and ask open-ended questions to find out how a candidate intends to serve their respective district if they were elected.  

The city of Knoxville will also be hosting "Go Vote! Knoxville" nights ahead of the election to allow people to meet with the candidates in their district from 5:30 to 7 p.m. So far, the 1st through 4th districts have held its meet and greets. The 6th district will meet on July 25 at the John T. O'Connor Senior Center.  The 5th district will be the last to meet on September 7 at the Christenberry Community Center. 

Below are interviews with candidates in the order they are listed on the city of Knoxville's election information page. More interviews will be added to the page through the summer as candidates come forward for interviews.

District One

Greg Knox

Website: www.knox.vote

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KnoxVote

 

Rebecca Parr

Website: www.voterebeccaparr.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/voterebeccaparr/

 

Stephanie Welch

Website: www.Vote4Welch.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SWelch1st

Twitter: @SWelch1st

 

Andrew Wilson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Wilson4knoxdistrict1

Website: www.wilsonforknoxville.com

 

District Two

Brandon Bruce

Website: www.BrandonBruce.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrandonBruceKnoxville

Twitter: @Brandon_Bruce

 

Wayne Christensen


Website: www.ChristensenForCityCouncil.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VoteChristensen

Twitter: @WayneFor2nd

 

Andrew Roberto


Website: http://AndrewJRoberto.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElectRoberto

 

David Williams

Facebook: www.facebook.com/David-Williams-for-Knoxville-City-Council-1127891340573653

 

District Three

James Edward Corcoran


 

Website: www.CorcoranForCouncil.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JamesCorcoranForKnox

 

De'Ossie Deon Dingus, Sr.


 

Jody Mullins


 

Seema Singh Perez


Facebook: www.facebook.com/Seema3rdDistrict

 

District Four

Dan Davis


 

Jack Knoxville

(Yet to be interviewed)

Website: www.jackknoxville.com

 

Amelia (Amy) Parker


Website: https://www.ameliaparkerforcitycouncil.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/ameliaparkerforcitycouncil/posts/

 

Lauren Rider

Website: www.VoteLaurenRider.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VoteLaurenRider

 

Harry Tindell


 

District Six

Joyce Brown


Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoyceBrownCC

 

John A. Butler


 

Maurice L. Clark, Sr.


 

Michael Covington


Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElectCovington

 

Charles Frazier

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7yeT6olYtI 

David Gillette


Facebook: www.facebook.com/6District4Gillette

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DGillette33

 

Zimbabwe U. Matavou


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Electzimbabwefordistrict6

Gwen McKenzie


Website: www.votegwenmckenzie.com

 

Jennifer Montgomery


Website: www.VoteJMO.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Montgomery-for-City-Council-District-No-6-800508380117550

 

Damon Rawls


Website: www.ElectDamon.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElectDamonRawls

 

Kennie Riffey


 

Shawnee Rios


Facebook: www.facebook.com/VoteShawnee

 

Brandy Slaybaugh


Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrandySlaybaugh

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