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Expect Pavlis to be vice mayor

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis says he would like to serve a third term as vice mayor when the position is voted on Dec. 19. Pavlis said council members were satisfied with his leadership as vice mayor.

He pointed out that he had to hire new council employees to replace Cindy Mitchell, Melissa Peters and Susan Wilson who all retired within two months of each other.

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Siler shakes up District 2 commission race

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

Republicans have held a commanding majority on Knox County Commission for decades and have expanded their hold in recent years, whittling the number of Democrats to two in recent elections. In 2016, bolstered by the statewide “Red to the Roots” campaign, the GOP appears poised to finish the job and sweep Democrats out of county office entirely.

Democrats Sam McKenzie (District 1) and Amy Broyles (District 2) are not seeking re-election.

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Siler needs GOP votes to win

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

While there is focus on the Richard Briggs challenge to state Sen. Stacey Campfield in the August Republican primary, there is also a Democratic candidate, Cheri Siler, an educator who lives in Fountain City.

Local Democrats say she is a credible candidate and a viable alternative to Campfield if he wins the primary. If Briggs wins, Siler has a much tougher contest in November as he does not have the Campfield negatives.

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