KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Eddie Mannis and Indya Kincannon will run head-to-head to be the next mayor of Knoxville after primary voting on Tuesday.
They survived a field of six. Mannis easily was the top vote-getter in complete but unofficial returns, but the race for the second spot was tight.
In his victory speech, Mannis said emphasized his business experience, saying Knoxville “needs someone mind of a CEO and the heart of a social worker.”
“I have no intention of slowing down … We will be back on the streets of Knoxville,” said Mannis, “… and fighting hard for every last vote because at this point in Knoxville’s history, it is vital that we have leadership in place to drive the city forward.”
Kincannon said, “I’m feeling happy our message got out to the voters of Knoxville. “We had a plan and we worked our plan and we left it all on the field … and I was channeling my best Pat Summitt.”
While there was a field of six vying to be mayor, the vote was a three-way race. Left out when all ballots were counted was Marshall Stair, who got 26.98% of the vote, but fell short by 410 votes of making the November ballot.
Mannis got 7,005 votes, 36.94% of the total, and Kincannon got 5,568 votes, 29.13% of the total. Stair got 5,158 votes for 26.98% of the vote.
Fletcher “Knoxville” Burkhardt got 3.09% of the vote; Calvin Taylor Skinner, 2.58%; and Michael W. Andrews, 1.58%.
City Council seats, municipal judge
In the other crowded race, City Council At Large Seat C, Amy Midis (5,137) and Amelia Parker (5,273) survived a five-way race. Just 136 votes separated those two candidates. Last one out in the Seat C race was Bob Thomas, who got 4,634 votes.
The general election will be Nov. 5 and the top two vote-getters in each race will be on the ballot. The mayor and city council members serve four-year terms.
In City Council District 5, Charlie Thomas (1,341) beat Charles Al-Bawi (592).
The candidates in Seat A, Seat B and District 5 will be on the ballot again in November, along with Midis and Parker for Seat C.
John R. Rosson, Jr. ran unopposed for municipal judge.