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|Knoxville Picks New Mayor, Alderman
|Citizens of Knoxville spent their election day at a new polling place voting in a new Mayor to office.
Alderman Terry Pool defeated Incumbent Mayor Phil Myers Tuesday by gathering 69 percent of the vote versus Myers' 31 percent of the vote. Pool has been an alderman on the Knoxville City Council for nearly 9 years representing the 2nd Ward in town along with Kirk Heller.
Pool tells WGIL he has many things to do to begin his term as Mayor. "The first thing I'll do, of course, is congratulate Mayor Myers for his years of service," Pool said. "And then I'll assign the committee members, the aldermen to their committee seats...and then focusing on, maybe, developing like a plan with the city and also a plan with the school (district) for five years, seven years down the road, to kind of have some goals in mind and go from there."
Pool was elected Mayor of Knoxville as residents of the city had a new polling place to cast their ballots. The polling place this year was moved to the Munson Building on the Knox County Fairgrounds. The move was in part to gather all the precincts in one place as well as providing more room for voters. Scott Erickson, Knox County Clerk told WGIL the experiment of placing all the precincts under one roof worked out well at the Munson Building.
In other Knoxville races, both Clerk Peg Bivens and Tresurer Jim Whitney retain their positions as do Aldermen Jim Eastwood, Rob Derham and Tom Worden on the city council. Pool's 2nd Ward seat was won by former alderwoman Bernadine Fleisher, who defeated Aaron Tanner for the seat. Pool will be officially sworn in as Mayor of Knoxville in May.
|04 07 09 by Newsroom
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