No Dual Role

It seemed odd for the Knox County Democratic Party Chair to be working on the staff of a City Council race, but Ray Abbas announced a team recently that included Gloria Johnson as his volunteer coordinator.

Johnson, who was active in the Barack Obama campaign locally, was recently elected chair of the county party. Abbas is running for City Council in the 4th District, which is north of downtown and presently represented by Rob Frost.

Johnson put out a media e-mail last week clarifying that she had agreed to help Abbas before she was elected party chair, but now she will not be able to help—though she endorsed his candidacy.

Also running in that district are James Hudgins and Nick Della Volpe.