Representation Matters in Knoxville Government

Early Voting has Begun

by Angela Dennis (updated)

There’s a busy election season in Knoxville under way with City Council and a Mayoral race this year. I believe it is important for our urban community to remember that we have some great minority candidates seeking office.

While some may feel that race has little to do with one’s qualifications, we should ask ourselves who better can understand and serve our community best than those who have truly lived and breathed the perils and struggles of the African American experience?

Urban and East Knoxville particularly are hurting. Shifting our focus on this plight will serve our citizens best and help to make Knoxville a better city for all of us.

If we are going to make Knoxville great, all of our neighborhoods have to thrive.

This includes East Knoxville, Lonsdale, Mechanicsville, Burlington, and every last zip code that is economically drowning.

With revitalization efforts under way across the city and plans to restore East Knoxville we don’t want another episode of Urban Renewal 2.0

Affordable housing, gun violence, jobs, indigent care, and education are just a few of the issues that inner city Knoxvillians care about. And several of our candidates are echoing those sentiments.

I think that it is critical that we understand that our votes matter and in order to increase change in communities that need it most, we need effective local leaders.

We need radical change. We’ve gone too long not getting by in a community that’s lacking resources for our children and citizens.

City Council is the Legislative body of the City of Knoxville. City voters will cast ballots in early voting which began October 16th and will run through October 31st.  

Halfway through early voting and so far 5,148 people have cast their ballots, according to the Knox County Election Commission. Absentee ballots have accounted for 579 of the total, while 4,569 have voted at six locations across the city. 

Election Day is November 5th.

Charles Lomax- At Large Seat A

David Hayes- At Large Seat B

Amelia Parker- At Large Seat-C

Now that you have an idea of whom we have seeking to represent Knoxville, I urge each and everyone to research and dig deep so that we can make informed decisions when we go to the voting booths in November. Local elections matter and when we have diverse candidates we need to all exercise our constitutional rights and vote collectively.

Our Presidential elections certainly carry weight, but when we want real change in our backyards we must be involved locally.

We have failing schools in East Knoxville, a need for affordable housing and safe streets free from gun violence and gang activity.

Some of our children just want to play outside.

Simply put the needs of urban America stretch far and wide, Knoxville too. Remember that on November 5th.


August 7, 2019First day to request an absentee ballot
October 7, 2019Final day to register to vote before election
October 16, 2019First day of Early Voting period
October 29, 2019Final day to request an absentee ballot
October 31, 2019Final day of Early Voting period
November 5, 2019ELECTION DAY

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