Ripple Effects in Mayor’s Race

Marilyn Roddy dropping out of the mayor’s race continues to cause ripples, since the deadline for entering the race isn’t until June and the clear field for Democrat Madeline Rogero still makes the city Republican establishment nervous.

Businessman Eddie Mannis has been urged to run since last fall and has resisted. But pressure is again being exerted to get him in the race. Mannis is a friend of the Padgett family, and Mark Padgett has told people he made sure Mannis didn’t intend to run before he got in the race. If Mannis changes his mind, would Padgett step aside?

Rogero is on track to win without a runoff. The addition of another candidate might split the vote and create a runoff. Then anything can happen. Old-timers remember that when Randy Tyree managed to get into a runoff with Kyle Testerman, Testerman’s angry reaction led to Tyree’s election as the only Democratic mayor the city has had in modern times.

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iminformedvoter writes:

Sources can confirm that Mannis is not a friend of the Padgett family. Also, Mannis has not talked to Mark Padgett regarding the Mayor's race or any other topic. If Padgett has told people that he had a conversation with Mannis, please confirm the validity of that statement.

cafkia writes:

Wow. Regular Knoxvillians? Regular Knoxvillians who believe that Bill Haslam, Dolly Parton, General Colin Powell and others, conservative and liberal, were wrong to seek out Madeline to hire her or work with her in their organizations? Madeline has frequently and consistently shown her ability to work with people regardless of their political orientation. She doesn't dismiss the concerns of any citizen out of hand. As far as donations go, her support is broad-based and comes from all over Knoxville, including west Knoxville, and from all walks of life. Yes, look at her donations. Madeline has a distinguished and respected career. Indeed she did work with Cesar Chavez and farm workers in her early 20s. She then received a degree in city planning and was an economic/community development planner with TVA and the ET Community Design Center. She was a successful executive director with The UT Community Partnership Center, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, and much more that you can see at her website She was twice elected to Knox County Commission and term-limited herself in 1998 out of respect for the referendum that was passed by voters but not enforced for 13 years. Mayor Haslam appointed Madeline, his former opponent for Mayor, to head up his troubled Community Development Department. She is recognized for turning that department around with highly-functioning staff and creative, effective programs that focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. She was willing and able to work with her former opponent for the benefit of her city. She has earned my vote and I’m proud to be a supporter.

I AM a "regular Knoxvillian".

cafkia writes:

To date, 43% of contributors to Madeline’s campaign are business people and professionals, 16% are labor, 15% are educators, 11% are retirees, 11% are nonprofit and government staff, and 4% are “other.” This shows balanced and broad-based support.

Should we imagine that all of those business people live in East Knoxville? Actually, that would be given lie by other analysis of the donation patterns. Neither wishful thinking nor divisive misdirection will change the fact that a clear majority of city citizens who have expressed a preference, prefer the proven leadership, competence, and dedication to the city of Madeline Rogero.

That is what I think. That is what I have observed. That is what I know.

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