See larger THE CEO AS POLITICIAN: Late last year, Knoxville businessman Mark Padgett announced his candidacy for city mayor. While a political newcomer, the registered Democrat managed to collect over $90,000 by Feb. 1 from both Democratic and Republican donors, surprising local pundits.

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THE CEO AS POLITICIAN: Late last year, Knoxville businessman Mark Padgett announced his candidacy for city mayor. While a political newcomer, the registered Democrat managed to collect over $90,000 by Feb. 1 from both Democratic and Republican donors, surprising local pundits.

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