Knox County Commissioner and Knoxville Police Department Lieutenant Brad Anders announced his run for Knox County Mayor.
Anders confirmed his intention Tuesday to run for the office of Knox County Mayor in 2018. He has filed his treasurer nomination form to begin collecting financial support.
“After much prayer and consideration, I have made the decision to seek the Republican nomination for Knox County Mayor in 2018,” Anders said. "Through my service on commission and in the community, I believe I have illustrated the proven, effective leadership we need to take the next step as a county.”
Anders was raised in the Holston community. He's a graduate of Knox County Schools and Tusculum College.
He was first elected to fill a partial term on Knox County Commission in 2008, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2016. He was elected Chairman of the Commission by his peers in 2013 and 2014.
Anders started his career with the Knoxville Police Department in 1992 and currently serves is a Lieutenant, supervising the Special Crimes Unit in the Criminal Investigation Division.
Anders and his wife Jennifer have been married for 18 years and have a daughter, Addison. The Anders reside in Karns and are members of Grace Baptist Church where they have both served in numerous leadership capacities.
Current Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is term-limited.
Democrat Tracy Clough named a treasurer in June for the mayor's race.
County GOP chief Buddy Burkhardt said he's weighing a run. If he were to run, he would have to relinquish his chairman's position.
Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones has decided not to run due to health problems of a family member. He had appointed a treasurer in April.
The primary election is May 1, 2018. Candidates must file a nominating petition, which is due in November for the county election cycle. Election Day is Aug. 2, 2018.