Knoxville Primary Elections 2021

The City of Knoxville Primary Elections will be held Tuesday, August 31. Here is what you need to know.
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Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 10:49 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The City of Knoxville Primary Election will be held Tuesday, August 31. Voters will decide on candidates for City Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Here is what you need to know.

You can watch the results come in live.

Important Dates

  • Monday, August 2: Final day to register to vote before the election
  • Wednesday, August 11: Early voting begins
  • Tuesday, August 24: Final day to request an absentee ballot
  • Thursday, August 26: Final day of early voting
  • Tuesday, August 31, Election Day

Who is on the ballot?

City Council District 1 candidates

Tommy Smith - incumbent

Health, safety, and quality of life are all meaningful. The actions of Knoxvillians are consequential for today as well...

Posted by Tommy Smith - Knoxville City Council, 1st District on Thursday, July 29, 2021

Tommy Smith has served as the 1st District City Council Member for the past year. He was born in South Knoxville and has lived in five South Knoxville neighborhoods.

He works for Ackermann Marketing & PR. Smith holds an MBA in marketing from University of Tennessee and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Emory and Henry College.

David Hayes

All Knoxvillians should benefit from their labor, rather than putting wealth into the hands of an elite few. We all...

Posted by Vote David Hayes on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

David Hayes has lived in South Knoxville and the UT area since the age of 18 and is proud to be raising a child in the district. He works at the Highlander Research and Education Center and is a community activist.

Hayes’ experience includes organizing workers for a union, helping people find affordable housing, and drafting policies to empower communities.

He says people deserve a city council that will work with communities to bring living wages, affordable homes, safe and healthy communities and real democracy to Knoxville.

Elizabeth Murphy
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Elizabeth Murphy is a Knoxville native and Bearden High School graduate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UT and works as a consultant for a PAC. Murphy describes herself as a citizen lobbyist, frequently going to Nashville to work on important bills that impact the public.

City Council District 2 candidates

Andrew Roberto - incumbent

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Posted by Andrew Roberto - Knoxville City Council, District 2 on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Andrew Roberto currently represents the 2nd District and chairs the Knoxville Beer Board. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s College of Law and a partner in The Lawyers of Brown and Roberto. Roberto says that he has established a record of communicating, listening and seeking public input.

Kim Smith

Kim Smith has lived in Knoxville for the last 32 year and raised her family in the Bearden community. She is a teacher in private education and serves on the school board at New Hope Christian School.

Smith says the city budget must be spent wisely, focusing on essential needs while keeping taxes low.

City Council District 3 candidates

Nicholas Ciparro

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nick Ciparro and I am running for Knoxville City Council, District 3,...

Posted by Nick Ciparro for Knoxville City Council on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Nick Ciparro has lived in Knoxville for most of his life. He lives in District 3 with his wife and son where he owns a business. Ciparro says camps are encroaching on neighborhoods, traffic problems are being ignored, and the city is being thrown into terrible financial decisions.

Seema Singh - incumbent

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Posted by Seema Singh - Knoxville City Council, District 3 on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Seema Singh currently represents the District 3 on the city council. She is a graduate of Bearden High School and UT with a B.A. in Psychology and Religious Studies. Singh is the coordinator of the Battered Intervention Program-- Knoxville.

City Council District 4 candidates

Jim Klonaris

Jim Klonaris has lived in Knoxville for more than 48 years. He and his wife have raised three children and are members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Klonoris graduated from UT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He refurbishes and revitalizes existing commercial buildings and invests in renovating and preserving historic homes in Knoxville.

Klonoris volunteers to empower youth through life coaching, volunteers for local homeless missions and serves on the Knoxville Mayor’s Business Advisory Council.

Jen McMahon

Jen McMahon is an Ohio native who calls herself a Knoxvillian at heart. She has lived in Knoxville for six years and is married with a baby son. She has a degree in Interdisciplinary Anthropology and French from the University of Akron. She is the CEO and co-founder of Century Harvest Farms Foundation.

Lauren Rider - incumbent

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Posted by Lauren Rider - Knoxville City Council, District 4 on Sunday, July 25, 2021

Lauren Rider currently represents District 4 on Knoxville’s city council. She lives in North Knoxville with her husband and two sons. She has a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

City Council District 6 candidates

Deidra Harper

Deidra Harper is a Knoxville native who co-owns Elite Facility Maintenance and is a freelance graphic designer. Knox.Biz named Harper to its 40 under 40 list.

Garrett Holt

Garrett Holt was born and raised in Knoxville, and multiple generations of his family have lived here. He is a graduate of UT with a degree in accounting. He works as a national sales manager for a leading medical technology company.

Gwen McKenzie - incumbent

Gwen McKenzie is the incumbent and serves as Knoxville’s vice-mayor. The lifelong resident of Knoxville lives in East Knoxville with her husband and a blended family of six children. She is a member of Greater Warner AME Zion Church.

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