Knox Count local elections will be held on May 1st. If you or someone you know is planning on voting, here is a break down of who is running for Knox County mayor. For more information on how to register to vote, or where to vote, click here.
Brad Anders- (Republican) Born and raised in Knoxville Tennessee, Brad Anders knows our community. After 25 years working for Knoxville Police Department, Anders is now a lieutenant and supervises cases involving child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, missing persons and human trafficking. Since 2008, he has worked on the Knox County Commision supporting a safer Karns Convenience Center, a Karns Senior Center, and the two proposed middle schools.
Along with KPD and the KCC, Anders is a part of the Board of Visit Knoxville, the Board of the Knox County Emergency Communications District (E-911) and the Knoxville Law Enforcement Credit Union. He is also very involved with Grace Baptist Church, where he and his wife have been member since 1999.
Brad Anders wants our schools to focus more on career and technical education. He also wants to improve our 30-year-old road plan and give attention to older middle schools. (Knox Commerce)
Glen Jacobs- (Republican) Growing up in rural Missouri, Glen Jacobs always dreamed of being a professional athlete. From high school through college at Truman State University, he played both basketball and football until a knee injury ended his dream of playing in the NFL. After college, Jacobs got into wrestling and eventually signed with WWE. After moving all over the country, he decided to settle down in Tennessee where he met his wife and started a family.
Since living in Tennessee, Jacobs has started his own business, Jacobs Insurance Associates, which is the local champion of the Kindness Revolution, a national anti-bullying initiative. He and his wife have also founded Kane’s Crusaders “a non-profit organization with the mission of bringing joy to the chronically ill teenagers of East Tennessee.” Jacobs also serves on the advisory council at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the board of the Halls/Powell Boys and Girls Club. (jacobsformayor.com)
Bob Thomas- (Republican) Since he was a teenager, Bob Thomas has had success in broadcasting, at one point having the highest-rated midday show in America for 16 years. In the 70s, Thomas revived the Knoxville Christmas Parade and was its chairman for 16 years.
Since 2014, Bob Thomas has been serving on the Knox County Commission as one of two At-Large Commissioners. Thomas also is currently serving on the following boards:
Metro Drug Coalition Board
Dogwood Arts Festival Board
Young-Williams Animal Center Board and Executive Committee
American Cancer Society Board
Arts & Culture Alliance Board and Executive Committee
Chairman, Knox County Cable TV Committee
Knox County Pension & Retirement Committee
Knox County Parks & Recreation Board
Community Television Board
Thompson-Boling Arena Use Committee
Served two years on the Knox County Development Corp Board
If elected, Bob plans to work on encouraging children to pursue a career path that best suits them. He also wants to be more involved in entrepreneurs and create a partnership between businesses and government. In addition, Thomas says paving roads needs to be a priority, paving “at least 120 miles a year” (Knox Commerce).
Rebecca Deloa- (Democrat) Candidate has suspended her campaign.
Rhonda Gallman- (Democrat) Candidate was arrested on March 7th and is being held on a $400,000 bond for attempting to persuade a victim or witness from testifying.
Linda Haney- (Democrat) Linda Haney has lived in Knox County since 1993. She has worked as a beautician, swimming pool service person, realtor, a small business owner selling eyewear to motorcyclists, a retired member of Laborers Local # 818, and has cared for seniors. As a mayor, she hopes to work with educating our community and creating hard workers. (Knox Commerce).