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And yet, we are still, as a community, giving extra "weight" to the opinions of those whose ideas were soundly and firmly rejected. Those of us, and I do consider myself as one of the "us", who were right, whose ideas brought the success story you tell here, still must struggle to be heard and have our opinions and ideas be given serious consideration.
We changed things a little on the surface but, the foundational change needed to ensure continued success is as elusive as ever.
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.
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 www.madelineformayor.com/about. 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".