A slate of women candidates is looking to take over leadership of the Knox County Democratic Party. The candidate for chair is Emily Gregg, a senior majoring in Classics (with a concentration in civilization) at the University of Tennessee.
She got active in KCDP as a freshman in 2012. The Nashville native is making the rounds of district meetings during the run-up to the March 25 countywide reorganization convention and was a featured speaker at both the Democratic Women of Knoxville and the First District Democrats last week.
A couple of points about Rick Staples getting the nod to replace ousted incumbent Joe Armstrong on the ballot in the 15th state House race:
The entire Knox County Democratic Party can’t fit into a phone booth (even if they could find a phone booth nowadays). Fifty people crammed into a very small room to witness the vote for Armstrong’s replacement. A couple dozen more were denied entry by the cop at the door.
Chris Barber looks even younger than his 26 years. Let’s see what he looks like in November after spending most of the year managing Knox County Democratic candidates’ campaigns.
Barber got his degree in political science from the University of Tennessee in 2013, is from the Middle Tennessee town of Waverly and came here in 2008 to go to school. His mom came with him – he says they wanted a change from the 40-acre farm where he’d grown up – and now she has a job as a computer engineer in Oak Ridge. Barber loves Knoxville and is proud of the ways it has changed since he’s been here.