Ethics complaint filed against Knox County mayoral candidate Brad Anders

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Another ethics complaint has been filed against another county commissioner who’s running for Knox County mayor.

The complaint was filed against Commissioner Brad Anders and it’s now under investigation by the county law director’s office.

The complaint includes a photo of Anders, apparently at a golf tournament, and like the last ethics complaint, the claim is that someone other than Anders paid for his entry fee. The complaint claims it was ambulance provider Rural/Metro.

Anders said in a written response to WATE 6 On Your Side and other media outlets that for two of the tournaments, he made a contribution to cover the costs of his play. For the other, he says he received a gift bag worth less than the ethics policy’s $35 limit.

The complaint also refers to blazers given to winners. 

“This is the first time in history that I’ve ever been accused of winning a golf tournament,” replied Anders. “Like every other tournament I’ve played in, I did not win this one.”

The ethics committee decided to take up complaints over a golf tournament in which commissioners Bob Thomas and Charles Busler participated. The team was sponsored by a different ambulance company. Thomas is also running for county mayor. A hearing is set for Friday, two days after the start of early voting. Thomas has said the complaint against him is an effort to affect his campaign.

The ethics committee’s liaison says the complaint against Anders will not be heard at this Friday’s meeting.

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