Rogero announces another run for mayor of Knoxville

Rogero announces another run for mayor of Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Madeline Rogero, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Knoxville in 2003, announced Tuesday she's planning to make another run for mayor.

Rogero filed paperwork Tuesday morning to appoint David Patterson as her campaign treasurer.

Rogero currently serves as director of community development for Knoxville. She was appointed in 2006 by Mayor Bill Haslam. He defeated her in the run for mayor in 2003.

Rogero said she plans to resign her position in January to devote more time to her campaign for mayor.

"I am excited about running for mayor again," Rogero said in a news release. "We will build on the great support I had from voters seven years ago, and demonstrate that my 30-plus years of executive management experience, city planning degree, and grassroots neighborhood credentials make me the best candidate to lead Knoxville for the next four years."

Rogero has previously served as a consultant for Capital One, America's Promise, and other corporations.

She was executive director of several nonprofits including Knoxville's Promise – The Alliance for Youth, Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation, and the UT Community Partnership Center.

Rogero was also a Knox County Commissioner from 1990 until 1998, representing District 2 in North Knoxville.

Her treasurer, David, Patterson, a Fountain City resident, is the former director of the Graduate School of Planning at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville.

Patterson has also served as deputy manager of community and economic development for TVA and former board chair of St. Mary's Health System.

She already has probable opponents in the race. Knoxville city Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy appointed a campaign treasurer in July as well as county Commissioner Ivan Harmon.

Knox County Clerk Foster Arnett, who was just re-elected, is strongly considering a run. "I've had several people from all over town approach me, and ask me if I would throw my name in the hat. Right now, I haven't said no. I haven't said yes but it is something I am looking at. But that is a huge, huge commitment."

Knox County Commission Chairman Thomas "Tank" Strickland says whether he runs will depend on his health, but he's considering it. He had a kidney transplant in March 2009.

Everyone running is aware they would be replacing a popular mayor.

Rogero says she would lead in a way similar to Haslam. "We both believe in an open administration, citizen participation, making sure they have input on the front end of a project or new initiative is critical, expecting very ethical behavior of directors and employees is also something that we share."

The city election is non-partisan.

6 News Reporter Harlow Sumerford contributed to this report.

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