Nick Pavlis has been city council’s Energizer bunny for the past six years, showing up for neighborhood meetings all over town and making himself available to anyone who calls him. He’s Knoxville’s longest-serving council member and has long been assumed to be aiming at a run for mayor in 2018.
But he now says 16 years in city government is enough.
In case you missed it, the Knoxville city primary election is underway, and early voting is finishing up this week. On the first day of voting, 145 votes were cast. You read that correctly. In a city of about 183,000 people, only 145 folks bothered to show up on the first day of voting.
You’ve got a problem when more people show up at the Shoney’s breakfast buffet than at the polling place. (In fact, voter turnout was so low that Jeb Bush thought it was a big crowd!)