Knox Co Commissioner Anders intends to run for chair

Knox Co. Commissioner Anders intends to run for commission chairman

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Knox Co. Commissioner Brad Anders meets with fellow commissioners Monday. Knox Co. Commissioner Brad Anders meets with fellow commissioners Monday.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders met with three fellow commissioners during a public meeting Monday and said he intends to run for commission chairman.

"I just wanted to talk to commissioners and gage their support," Anders told 6 News.

Anders met with commissioners Ed Shouse, Mike Hammond and Mike Brown during the public meeting.

Brown said he would support Anders, while Hammond and Shouse remained uncommitted.

"I think there's enough support there for me and get my foot in the race," Anders said.

Anders said Hammond and Shouse voted for him last year, leading him to believe he could earn their support again.

"Nothing that I have done has changed and nothing that they have stated to me in this meeting or in a public meeting has changed," Anders said.

Tony Norman is the current chairman.

Current board Vice Chairman R. Larry Smith has also said he plans to run for the seat, as it will be his last year on the county commission.

"I want to get the commission working as a unit, working as a team," Smith said. "I've only got one year left on the commission. I have no major agenda. I've been on over 39 private boards I've been president of over 19 nonprofit boards so I feel like I know how to run a meeting and run it fairly.

Knox County Commission will vote on the chairman position next Tuesday.

A minimum of six votes is needed to declare a winner.

Norman declined to comment on next week's race.

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