City Council member and former mayor Daniel Brown turns 71 on Christmas Day. Brown, the first black mayor of Knoxville, might run for state representative against Rick Staples in 2018 in the Democratic primary. Staples was chosen as the Democratic nominee by 14 people without a primary and prevailed Nov. 8 over former state Rep. Pete Drew, who ran as an independent.
Staples needs to win a seriously competitive race to consolidate his political standing.
Nashville’s Democratic Mayor Megan Barry continues to garner national attention in her first year as mayor.
The Economist magazine had an extensive article last month suggesting her approach may be “a strategy for Democrats elsewhere.” While she is more liberal than many Tennesseans, she has struck a chord among Davidson County residents and she may be heard from statewide in the next several years.
After a long series of election beatdowns, Knox County Democrats are at their lowest ebb ever, and Republicans are prepared to administer the coup de grâce in 2016.
Not one single countywide elected officeholder is a Democrat. County Commission is down to two Democrats (in the center city first and second districts) and the only Democrat left in the county’s legislative delegation, Joe Armstrong, is facing trial in federal court.
It has to be tough to be a Democrat in Knox County.
The governor is a Republican. Both U.S. senators are Republicans. No Democrat has represented Knoxville in Congress since 1855. A Republican super-majority controls the state Legislature. No Democrat currently serves in a countywide elective office.
The dance floor was jam-packed with Democrats at Carleo’s the night of the first presidential debate, and nobody was dancing. Bernie Sanders ruled the night, or maybe it just seemed that way because his supporters were louder than Hillary Clinton’s crowd. Mostly younger, too.
Anthony Perry and Kyle Bobisch sneered in the general direction of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, pointing out that he’s never been elected to anything, while their man Sanders is the longest-serving congressional independent in U.S. history and was returned to office with 70 percent of the vote last election.