At Least One Race to Watch

There is the potential for at least one interesting Knoxville City Council race this year. Thus far the only non-incumbent to pick up a petition to run for Council is Anthony Hancock in the district now represented by Duane Grieve.

Hancock ran a spirited race as the Democratic candidate for the Legislature against state Rep. Steve Hall, R-Knoxville. He says he picked up the petition to let people know he is interested in the race and is calling around to gauge support for a run.

Hancock is a teacher and has about a month before the school year is over, and will decide at that point whether to spend his summer vacation campaigning. He's a former UT Vol football player and had high-profile support for his House race from former UT Coach Johnny Majors, who hosted his fund-raisers.

Grieve is an architect and one of his notable buildings is the refurbished Miller's Building downtown, now home to KUB. He is finishing his first term on City Council; the district is centered in the Bearden area.