Knoxville City Council Candidate Forum scheduled July 29

A City Council Candidate Forum will be held on July 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Community Center.

The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists is partnering with the League of Women Voter Knoxville/Knox County and six other organizations for the Forum.

ETSPJ board member and WATE anchor and multimedia journalist Blake Stevens will moderate.

In addition to the League of Women Voters and ETSPJ, partners of the event are Centro Hispano de East TN, Knoxville Alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Knoxville Area Urban League, Knoxville Chapter of the NAACP, Knoxville News Sentinel and YWCA of Knoxville and the TN Valley.

The July 29 Forum will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 124 S. Cruze St., Knoxville, TN 37915 (map and directions).

If you have questions about the Forum, please contact, Susan Martin of the League of Women Voters at (865) 719-5830 or

Here is a list of candidates running for City Council in the Aug. 31 primary election:

District 1
David Hayes
Elizabeth Murphy
Tommy Smith

District 2
Andrew Roberto
Kim Smith

District 3
Nicholas Ciparro
Seema Singh

District 4
Jim Klonaris
Jen McMahon
Lauren Rider

District 6
Deidra C. Harper
Garrett Holt
Gwen McKenzie

Early voting will be Aug. 11-26. A sample ballot, voting locations and how to apply for an absentee ballot are available from the Knox County Election Commission.

Knoxville City Council Candidate Forum, July 29, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m. YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, 124 Cruze St.