The field of prospective candidates for Knoxville mayor in the 2011 election is coming into focus. It will be a while before we know for sure who’s going to run—even the primary is still more than a year away, on Sept. 27, 2011. But with the county elections and the gubernatorial primary over, local political junkies need something to talk about. So here’s a quick look at names that may be in the hats that may be in the ring.
The son of longtime Councilman Ed Bailey, Joe Bailey is finishing his second term on City Council. He spent the 1980s working as a Republican campaign operative in Washington, D.C., and then worked as a Washington liaison for the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1990s. Since 1999, he has worked as a marketing and governmental affairs consultant.
Former City Councilman
Frost, an attorney and avid advocate for historic preservation, served two terms on City Council, from 2001-2009. (Full disclosure: He is the only person on this list who once played second base on the Metro Pulse softball team.)
Harmon is a lifer in local politics, reaching back to service on the old Knoxville city school board in the 1980s and continuing through three terms on City Council during the Victor Ashe era and now terms on County Commission. He ran against Ashe for mayor in 1995 and won 35 percent of the vote. He has named a campaign treasurer for a 2011 mayor’s run.
Roddy is in her second term on Council and has shown an ability in the past to raise substantial money in her home base of Sequoyah Hills. She named a campaign treasurer last month.
Director of Community Development, City of Knoxville
Rogero, a former county commissioner with roots in community organizing, ran a close race for mayor against Bill Haslam in 2003. Since 2006, she has been part of Haslam’s administration. Rogero named a campaign treasurer on Tuesday.