Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary on Saturday. It was a dominating win. Most pundits agree that Marco Rubio has the best shot to defeat Trump if he consolidates so-called establishment support. My guess is that Trump’s biggest opponent isn’t Marco Rubio or Hillary Clinton.
Some of Cynthia Moxley’s clients do business with local government, so she and her husband and business partner, Alan Carmichael, usually steer clear of election skirmishes unless someone named Haslam or Duncan – families with whom the Carmoxes have deep and long-standing personal and professional connections – is running.
Their firm has a substantial online presence (Moxley has won numerous social media awards), and its website describes Moxley Carmichael as “East Tennessee’s premier public relations firm, providing comprehensive communications services to companies with a local, regional and national footprint. Founded in 1992, we’ve helped businesses and organizations increase visibility and achieve desirable results.”
Early voting starts today (Feb. 10) and the election is March 1 for two countywide offices and two school board seats. It’s called an off-year election, and back when voters were smart enough to elect a school superintendent, that race was on this ballot, too.
It’s fitting that the countywide races will be decided in the Republican Primary, because one is fratricidal as Republicans struggle with what historian Bruce Wheeler termed the “otherness” of Appalachian life – the tug between modernization and tradition.
There are no exclamation points on the email that went out to several dozen A-list recipients the day after James McIntyre announced his resignation as superintendent of Knox County Schools. But its author, Cornerstone Foundation president Laurens Tulloch, conveyed a clear sense of urgency via the not-for-profit foundation’s email account.