Quick picks for the Knoxville City Council Election
The quick picks and why:
No viable opposition and Joe has done a good job.
The history of the Market Square Project and the sale of the Candy Factory have shown that Barbara Pelot is a champion of building and approving anything. She is so pro-development that it is clear no critical thinking is occurring. A very nice lady who is popular out West but she is a rubber stamp at a time when we need City Council members that will ask questions and consider the outcome before they automatically vote Yes. Her performance on the Market Square Project is more than enough reason to give someone else a chance. Kenneth Knight did this city a solid when he and others stood up and forced the proposed Convention Center Hotel to a voter referendum.
This is a little more difficult only because of the Stacey Campfield and Lumpy Lambert static that interferes with a pretty basic choice. Do you want Steve Hall or Ellen Adcock/Victor Ashe? Steve Hall has done a good job and is not a rubber stamp. He is gruff and occasionally hangs out with Lloyd Daugherty on 1180 AM talk radio. His provision to require a supermajority for all eminent domain votes is good for Knoxville. This has brought Steve great opposition and is a key reason why we still need him on City Council. Parks are great until they come for your house to build the next park on. He voted against the sale of the Candy Factory and is popular in his district. Hall showed more leadership than any of the members of City Council on the Red Light issue that council approved against the wishes of the residents. This will be a close race.
On Sunday on the Gene Patterson TTW program Gene asked Ellen, “The argument goes that Ellen Adcock gets on city Council she’s going to take her orders from Poland. You will be calling Victor Ashe every time there is a major issue. Is that true?”
Ellen Adcock replied, “Gene, you know me and I was actually in the administration and I think I know when there is times to follow through on things, I’ll take his advice because he is a knowledgeable person, there are people here in this town now that value his knowledge but I certainly not taking orders from Poland I know how to hit a delete button.”
Translated into English it is an Ellen Adcock/Victor Ashe ticket. Remember the Convention Center and vote accordingly.
This is easy. Vote for Rob Frost or for the Kim Litton/Knoxville Home Builders Association. Rob has done a good job and has shown he is an independent thinker. He voted against the sale of the Candy Factory. He is critical to a meaningful vote on eminent domain. After the recent Supreme Court decision we need a solid eminent domain ordinance in Knoxville. Victor might come back. Seriously.
No viable opposition and no reason to change.