City Council Seat B: The Challengers in Brief

Quick facts about candidates Buck Cochran, Bill Owen, Marshall Stair

Buck Cochran

Age: 46

Personal: Grew up in Oak Ridge, lives in North Knoxville.

Professional: Degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee. Collage artist and unpublished writer.

Civic Experience: Longtime Republican Party activist. Ran for City Council in 1999.

Bill Owen

Age: 63

Personal: Grew up in Nashville, family ties to Knoxville. Lives in West Knoxville. Two daughters. Active member of 2nd Presbyterian Church.

Professional: University of Tennessee degree in history. Owner, Asset and Equity Corp. (consulting and lobbying firm). Veteran of U.S. Navy Reserve.

Civic Experience: Former state representative and state senator from Knoxville. Member of state Democratic Executive Committee.

Marshall Stair

Age: 33

Personal: Grew up in West Knoxville, lives downtown. Fluent in Spanish.

Professional: Undergrad degree from Tulane University, law degree from UT. Works for Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, in general civil litigation.

Civic Experience: President of City People, board member of CBID.