Image Credit: Mayor Indya Kincannon / Facebook
The Tennessee Conservative [By Adelia Kirchner] –
On Tuesday, Liberal Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon won reelection and will serve another four-year term, despite supporting corporate welfare, keeping taxpayers in the dark, and proudly supporting drag shows.
In 2019 Kincannon was elected over Republican candidate Eddie Mannis, to be the 69th Mayor of Knoxville.
In this year’s primary election to decide who will be on the general election ballot for mayor of Knoxville this upcoming November, Kincannon ran against Constance Every, RC Lawhorn, and Jeff Talman.
According to unofficial election results, Kincannon received over 57% of the votes cast.
Knoxville’s election rules state that any mayoral candidate who garners a majority of the vote plus one, in the primary, will be deemed the overall winner.
This renders the Nov. 7 general election obsolete when it comes to Knoxville’s choice for mayor. Kincannon has already won.
“I feel like if I can successfully navigate a global pandemic and reimagining public safety and just really a lot of unknowns, I feel like we can handle whatever comes next,” said Kincannon. “I’m excited. I’ve got a great team around me and the best is yet to come.”
She has also stated that the plan is to focus specifically on public safety and the housing crisis during her second term.
Back in August of 2022, Kincannon supported a proposal to use taxpayer dollars to offset additional costs of the Knoxville Smokies baseball stadium saying that “the public benefits of this stadium must outweigh the costs, and we’re assuring that that’s in fact what’s happening.”
An attorney hired by the city to fight an open records lawsuit by Knox News, admitted that a police chief search firm was hired as a way to get around public records laws.
Kincannon and a committee sworn to secrecy even went as far as to share review documents, like resumes, only via video conference so that city employees could say they had no documents subject to an open records review.
Not only did Kincannon state leading up to the event, that she wouldn’t interfere with the performance, she also proudly attended “A Drag Queen Christmas.”
“So glad to be at ‘A Drag Queen Christmas’ with so many merry Knoxville folks! It’s going to be a festive night!” Kincannon posted to her Facebook.
This will be Kincannon’s last mayoral term as Knoxville mayors are limited to serving two four-year terms.
About the Author: Adelia Kirchner is a Tennessee resident and reporter for the Tennessee Conservative. Currently the host of Subtle Rampage Podcast, she has also worked for the South Dakota State Legislature and interned for Senator Bill Hagerty’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee. You can reach Adelia at firstname.lastname@example.org.