Who is running for Knoxville mayor? What you need to know before you vote

From top left, candidates running for mayor are Calvin Skinner, Indya Kincannon, Eddie Mannis,...
From top left, candidates running for mayor are Calvin Skinner, Indya Kincannon, Eddie Mannis, Fletcher Burkhardt, Marshall Stair, and Michael Andrews. / Source: (WVLT)(WVLT)
Published: Jul. 12, 2019 at 3:46 PM EDT
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The City of Knoxville will choose a new mayor this November. Primary elections are starting this summer.

Before you head to the ballot box get to know who's running.

Fletcher Burkhardt

Fletcher Burkhardt is running on the slogan "People over Politics."

According to his website, his list of top priorities includes economic growth, education, safety, local focus, homelessness, and entertainment.

Burkhardt was born and raised in Knoxville and has a degree in political science from Middle Tennessee State University.

Read more about Fletcher Burkhardt


Calvin Skinner

According to Calvin Skinner's website, he is running to elevate Knoxville Values throughout East Tennessee.

Skinner said his top priorities are about jobs and job training, expanding public/ private partnerships, affordable housing and living, and arts and culture preservation.

Skinner says his qualification comes from his experience working with faith, non-profit, corporate, education and policy leaders to address complex matters facing the Knoxville community.

You can learn more about Calvin Skinner on his

Indya Kincannon

Kincannon's website lists her top priorities as sustainable economic development, quality schools, strong neighborhoods, healthy communities, transparent government and efficient services, affordable housing and homelessness, opioid epidemic and public safety, and civility.

Learn more about Indya Kincannon


Eddie Mannis

"I’ve been fortunate to call Knoxville my home for my entire life," said Mannis on his website. "This is a city I love and believe in."

Mannis calls his list of top priorities the "Knoxville First Initiative." The list includes having strong and safe neighborhoods, economic vibrancy, health and staying people-focused.

Mannis included a long list of qualification on his website including his experience as the founder of Honor Air and other community service leadership positions.

To learn more about Eddie Mannis visit his


Marshall Stair

Marshall Stair is running on a campaign of "Knoxville Forward."

On his website, Stair said he plans to take Knoxville to the next level. He lists his top priorities as safe and strong neighborhoods, innovative economic development, a 21st-century approach to roads and transit, smart growth and addressing affordability, diversity inclusion and open government, fighting for schools and improving quality of life.

Stair said that his Knoxville roots help qualify him for the job. He holds a bachelors degree from Tulane and a law degree from the University of Tennessee.

To learn more about Marshall Stair visit his


Michael Andrews

Micahel Andrews does not have a public website, but WVLT News reached out to Andrews to learn more about his priorities and qualifications.

The 2019 City Primary is scheduled for August 27, 2019. Voters need to register before July 29 to cast their ballot. Early voting for the primary begins on August 7 and runs through August 22.

The general election is set for November 5, 2019.

The City of Knoxville's mayoral race is non-partisan.

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