Gov. Bill and Crissy Haslam are moving from their longtime home in old Westmoreland on Sherwood Drive back to the house where the governor lived as a young teenager on Lyons Bend Road adjacent to the Tennessee River.
The Haslams will still be city residents as both homes are in the city. They will continue to be represented on City Council by Duane Grieve and on County Commission by Hugh Nystrom. Martin Daniel is their state representative. Grieve is a Democrat, while Nystrom and Daniel are Republicans.
The recent release of city candidates’ financial disclosures was not particularly striking except for the Mark Campen-Jennifer Mirtes contest, where she raised more than he did by $1,000. But they raised less than $3,000 between the two of them.
For an incumbent council member (Campen) to have raised only $350 in June shows Campen is either supremely confident of re-election or he does not think his opponent is a threat. Last time, Campen was unopposed. He simply has never run a contested race. He is the quietest member of council and a reliable vote for Mayor Rogero.
In an election year that portends few surprises and no fireworks, the District 5 City Council race could be the only game in town – if the challenger remains as feisty in the stretch as she is out of the gate.
“I have nothing against Mark,” said Jennifer Mirtes. “I think he’s a great guy. I just think I could do a better job. Not to seem conceited, but once you’re elected, you have to speak for the people, and once I’m elected – and I will be – my opinion won’t matter anymore.