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Knoxville City Council candidate Cameron Brooks dies after developing sepsis

"The last few months of his life were spent doing what he loves most—meeting new friends and working for a better Knoxville," Brooks's campaign said in a statement.
Credit: Cameron Brooks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knoxville City Council candidate Cameron Brooks died Friday morning, according to a statement from his campaign.

Brooks was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and developed advanced sepsis following his first round of treatment. He died surrounded by his husband, mother, father and brother at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. 

"The last few months of his life were spent doing what he loves most—meeting new friends and working for a better Knoxville. Cameron’s campaign wants to thank all of those who believed in, volunteered for, donated to, and most of all, voted for Cameron and his vision. We thank you for joining Cameron in this civic pursuit," his campaign said. 

Funeral arrangements will be announced. Brooks' campaign asks those who would like to honor him to make a donation in his honor to the Young-Williams Animal Center.

Earlier this morning Cameron J. Brooks passed away at Ft. Sanders Hospital surrounded by his devoted husband, Wes Knott,...

Posted by Cameron Brooks for Knoxville City Council, At-Large Seat A on Friday, September 1, 2023

Knox County Election Commission Administrator Chris Davis said he, the commission and the community are mourning the loss of Brooks, offering his condolences to his family and friends.

"Cameron was a good man and a good friend, always quick with a smile and a greeting, and he will be missed," Davis said.

Brooks was one of the two front-runners in the race for Knoxville City Council's first at-large seat. He and Lynne Fugate ran a close race in Tuesday's primary election, and the two would have competed against each other in the November general election.

Davis said Brooks will still be certified as one of the top two finishers in the Knoxville City Council At-Large Seat A primary when the Election Commission meets on Sept. 14 to formalize Tuesday's results. However, his name will not appear on the ballot in the Nov. 7 Knoxville general election.

Davis said there will be no other additional candidates listed on the November ballot other than Fugate per a state code that guides procedures when a candidate dies.

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