Tag Archives: Lauren Rider

Rider, Tindell to square off in council race

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

Candidates in the next city election cycle will be making formal announcements soon, and although a multitude of rumors swirl about the mayor’s race in 2019, no one has gone public yet. On the other hand, the District 4 City Council seat that Holston Hills resident Nick Della Volpe will vacate in December 2017 is drawing high-quality, high profile competition.

Lauren Rider, former president of the Old North Knoxville Neighborhood Association, plans to announce her candidacy after the holidays. Rider, a librarian at the Pellissippi State Division Street campus, is co-chair of the Broadway Corridor Taskforce and has been active in community issues since she moved to Knoxville 12 years ago.

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Gallman enters District 15 contest

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Rhonda L. Gallman has qualified as a write-in candidate for House District 15, which was previously held by Joe Armstrong. She lives at 2431 Hoitt Ave. in North Knoxville. Her nickname, according to her signed form, is Mousie, and her phone is 865-936-4647.

Gallman has spoken several times at public forum before City Council in the past year although she has not voted in a city election for the past 16 years. She is African-American as are Rick Staples, Democratic nominee, and independent Pete Drew. The district is majority Caucasian.

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