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City Council Election Endorsements

Hultquist, Pelot, Adcock, Frost and Brown are the city’s best bets

City Council Election Endorsements

Each of the candidates for City Council who were endorsed by Metro Pulse in last month’s city primary emerged from the district-only voting with a majority, meaning they are also the picks of their home district. We think that home vote says a lot for their suitability to gain office or continue in it.

This time, every registered voter in the city can vote for the district candidates of their choice in the Nov. 1 general election. And those voters don’t have to wait for the polls to open. They can head to an early voting site from now until Thursday, Oct. 27, to avoid the rush.

We’d like to take this opportunity to recommend once more those candidates we believe would better serve the city on its Council in the next four years.

Our endorsements are:

1st District—Joe Hultquist

In the general election, Hultquist has a fresh write-in challenge, this time one that is registered. It is from Julia Tucker, a former school board member. Though it seems quixotic, write-ins can be surprisingly effective sometimes. Mulkey lends his support to Tucker in an “anyone-but-Hultquist” kind of gesture.

We don’t think that’s a good reason.

2nd District—Barbara Pelot

Pelot is committed to seeing the city’s downtown initiatives through to completion, and she is dedicated to the concept that good development is development that is suited to its neighborhood. She is a supporter of future orderly redevelopment of the South Knoxville Waterfront, public transit improvements and additional downtown parking.

Her political background is based on neighborhood organizational work, which her opponent, Ken Knight, lacks. She should be returned to Council for the second term that she has earned well.

3rd District—Ellen R. Adcock

She bested incumbent Steve Hall in the September primary, winning a 3-2 majority in their Northwest district and carrying Hall’s home precinct. She has a list of priorities that include maintaining the impetus in downtown redevelopment and pushing for redevelopment of the South Knoxville Waterfront, along with securing more and better sidewalks citywide and addressing problems she’s encountered with the city’s 911 emergency phone system.

We think Ellen Adcock would be a much better representative of both her district’s and citywide interests than the incumbent.

4th District—Rob Frost

Besides his advocacy of downtown and South Knoxville redevelopment, Frost says he wants to seek a total revitalization of the inner-city neighborhoods and to continue to look at city business from a long-term perspective, staying conscious of what city government officials leave behind for their successors.

Frost’s emphasis in his home district in North Knoxville is on flood control along First Creek and storm-water handling throughout the district.

First among his concerns for the next administration, he says, is finding ways to work progressively within strict budget limitations. Rob Frost should be reelected.

6th District—Mark Brown

Brown sees the downtown as the city’s vital core, and his advocacy of its redevelopment, along with his efforts toward redevelopment in the Five Points and Mechanicsville neighborhoods and his backing of similar initiatives for Lonsdale, Vestal and the South Knoxville Waterfront will be needed in the next administration.

As vice mayor, Brown has shown an ability to work with other members of Council to reach consensus on important issues, and another term on Council would benefit the whole city.

Metro Pulse Publisher Brian Conley has contributed to the campaigns of Barbara Pelot, Mark Brown and Joe Hultquist

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