Son of Congressman Duncan to run for Knox Co. trustee

Son of Congressman Duncan to run for Knox Co. trustee

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"The best form of politics is just not to worry about politics," John Duncan says. "The best form of politics is just not to worry about politics," John Duncan says.

By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- John Duncan III, the son of Congressman Jimmy Duncan, has filed paperwork to run for Knox County trustee in 2010.

He's going up against incumbent trustee Fred Sisk.

Duncan is a University of Tennessee graduate who works at BankEast. He says he's a fiscal conservative with business experience who learned a lot from his father.

"The best form of politics is just not to worry about politics," Duncan says. "My family's reputation has been getting out there and helping as many people as possible regardless of who they are, whether rich or poor, Republican or Democrat and that is the kind of legacy I want to follow, just to get out and do a good job, do the right thing and help people."

In February, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began an investigation of false payroll allegations in the trustee's office at Fred Sisk's request.

The trustee's office turned over purchasing card records in March, at the request of the county purchasing department. Sisk said the TBI wants to review the records from 2004 until now as part of its trustee's office investigation.

6 News investigated questionable comp time in the trustee's office in February.Records show Sisk was paid more than $18,000 for comp time in 2006.

Sisk said he accumulated that time over a number of years and admitted he received the payments. However, he said he didn't ask to be paid for comp time. The policy of the office allowed it.

Sisk was first appointed to office by county commission in January 2007 after the state Supreme Court found the appointments violated county term limits.

Following a lawsuit against the county voided the first appointments, Sisk was appointed again in February 2007.

He went on to win election to the trustee's office in 2008.

Duncan and Sisk are the only candidates are listed to run for trustee.

Sisk released this statement Friday afternoon. "It is my intention to run for trustee in 2010. As far as John Duncan III, he supported me and served on my host committee in the last election. If he should choose to run, I look forward to a vigorous campaign in which we debate the operation of the trustee's office for which my 20 years of experience make me uniquely qualified to discuss."

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