Technically, no one is a candidate for mayor or City Council in this year’s Knoxville election. The first day to pick up a petition to run for office is March 18. That hasn’t prevented candidates from naming a treasurer, taking contributions, or exploring a run, however.
The final list of the qualified candidates won’t be official until the deadline of June 16.
There are three city-wide (at large) Council seats on the ballot. Thus far the field looks like John Stancil and George Wallace running for Seat A; Archie Ellis running for Seat B; and Sharon Welch and Finbarr Saunders running for Seat C. Those are the candidates who have named treasurers. Businessman Eddie Manis and former state Sen. Bill Owen are said to be weighing whether to seek an at-large seat as well.
Mark Campen, who was appointed to County Commission to fill out a term in the wake of Black Wednesday, is running for the only district seat on the ballot. He will only be on the ballot in the 5th District in the Sept. 27 primary along with any opponents he might have. The top two finishers are on the ballot city wide in the general election Nov. 8.
City Judge John Rosson is also running for re-election and currently has no opponent.
The mayor’s race has seen two candidates drop out already and leave the field, at this point, to Marilyn Roddy, Madeline Rogero, Ivan Harmon, and Mark Padgett.