With 100% of constituencies reporting, unofficial results showed all five incumbents winning re-election in their districts.
Knoxville, Tenn. – Voters have spoken and the composition of the Knoxville City Council is expected to remain the same after the 2021 election. Unofficial results with 100% of precincts reporting across the city showed all five incumbents were re-elected to their seats district by a wide margin
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Knoxville voters were able to select five candidates to serve on the City Council for Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6.
Once the unofficial results are verified, council members Tommy Smith, Andrew Roberto, Seema Singh, Lauren Rider and Gwen McKenzie will continue to serve the city and their respective districts for another four years. The five will meet Mayor Indya Kincannon on Wednesday morning for a celebratory post-election breakfast.
Early voting results showed the five incumbents holding double-digit leads in their districts early into the night – and they continued to hold significant leads as all 44 precincts reported the results.
According to unofficial results, a total of 21,739 people cast ballots in the election, with the majority of those votes cast during the early voting period. More than 10,000 voted early, about 9,500 cast ballots on Election Day and nearly 750 submitted a mail-in ballot.
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In District 1, incumbent Tommy Smith defeated challenger Elizabeth Murphy with 57% of the vote.
During his campaign, Smith said he would work to improve local economies by supporting small businesses, black-owned businesses and providing public transportation. He also said he supports workplace homelessness programs and the provision of supportive housing. It is also supporting funding for police to improve training, community relations, violence response and body cameras. According to public campaign finance data, he has raised nearly $82,000 and spent nearly $74,000 as of Oct. 26.
In District 2, incumbent Andrew Roberto defeated challenger Kim Smith with 56% of the vote.
In his campaign, he advocated for body cameras in the Knoxville Police Department, a co-response team of social workers, and the expansion of the Police Advisory and Review Board. He has also advocated for permanent supportive housing to address homelessness issues and worked with city leaders to expand green spaces. According to public campaign finance data, he has raised nearly $70,000 for his campaign and spent about $53,000 of it as of Oct. 26.
In District 3, incumbent Seema Singh defeated challenger Nick Ciparro with 56% of the vote.
In her campaign, Singh said she had been a go-between for various voters in the district and Knoxville. She also sponsored a resolution to create a violence prevention and intervention fund to address community conflicts at their roots. She also ensured that high-speed Internet access was available throughout the district. According to public campaign finance data, she has raised nearly $46,000 for her campaign and spent about $29,000 of it as of Oct. 26.
In District 4, incumbent Lauren Rider defeated challenger Jim Klonaris with 56% of the vote.
Rider said in her campaign that she has worked to identify missing segments of city sidewalks so they can be repaired while advocating for a co-response team between police and mental health professionals for behavioral health calls to 911. She also worked on the redevelopment of the former St. Mary’s Hospital, merging municipal services into the building. She also focused on increasing the availability of affordable housing and post-pandemic economic recovery. According to public campaign finance data, she has raised about $77,000 for her campaign and spent about $54,000 of it as of Oct. 26.
In District 6, incumbent Gwen McKenzie defeated challenger Garret Holt with 58% of the vote.
McKenzie said in her campaign that she helped lead a faith leader’s initiative to help communities heal from violence while restoring equity for black communities. She also said she would focus on creating jobs with decent wages while supporting small businesses and black-owned businesses. She also said she would focus on building relationships with communities to establish “mutual respect and trust”. According to public campaign finance data, she has raised nearly $37,000 for her campaign and spent about $15,000 of it as of Oct. 26.