I need to start with a small mea culpa. I misreported my number yesterday. I think I reported 17 signatures, when it was 16. Got three more signatures today, so that brings me up to 19. Not the pace I was expecting, but I think the next couple of days are going to see those numbers going up. Stay tuned on that front.
I also wanted to make a quick report on the state of the rest of the Commissioner wannabes. The Knox County Election Commission regularly updates their Candidate Pickup List. Here’s today’s. The Commission is divided up into nine Districts. I’m running for District 4 if you’ve forgotten. The list shows you who has picked up a Candidate Petition, when it’s picked up and when it’s returned.
So, most importantly for me, today’s list shows that three candidates have picked up petitions for District 4 – yours truly and two Republicans. Interestingly, no petitions have been picked up for Districts 3 and 7. Districts 6, 8, and 9 have had a single petition pick up. All Republicans and two are incumbents. District 1 is the single Democratic incumbent on the Commission and one potential primary opponent has picked up a petition. No Republicans so far in District 1. The District 2 incumbent has an independent challenger so far and the District 5 incumbent is looking at a Republican primary opponent as well.
Still a long way to go before the ballots are set. Not all of the names on this list (including yours truly) have submitted their petitions. It also seems like there are more petitions to be picked up before it’s all said and done. I’ll keep you posted.