City voters will elect five new members to the nine-member Knoxville City Council in 2017. Candidates will be running for open seats in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Districts.
Because all five current Council members representing those districts are term-limited and cannot run for re-election, that means that a majority of the next City Council will be new first-time Council members.
The open seats and current office holders are:
1st District - Nick Pavlis
2nd District - Duane Grieve
3rd District - Brenda Palmer
4th District - Nick Della Volpe
6th District - Daniel Brown
These candidates seeking to run in the Aug. 29 primary have filed their nominating petitions with the Election Commission:
Seema Singh Perez
John A. Butler
Other City Council seats:
Candidates for the 5th District and the three at-large Council seats run in a different election cycle - with the Mayor and City Judge - so those elections do not come up for another two years. Mayor Madeline Rogero, 5th District Council member Mark Campen, At-Large Council members George Wallace, Marshall Stair and Finbarr Saunders, and City Judge John R. Rosson Jr. were elected to four-year terms in 2015.
To be eligible to run for a specific district seat, a candidate must reside in that district. The at-large Council members can reside anywhere in the city.
Candidates running for a district seat square off in a primary election in which residents of the district are eligible to vote. The top two vote-getters run citywide in the November general election.
All City races are non-partisan.
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Here is a partial schedule for the 2017 election:
Feb. 17 - First day for candidates to pick up a nominating petition
May 18 - Qualifying deadline - candidates' last day to turn in nominating petitions
July 31 - Final day to register to vote before primary election
Aug. 9 - Early voting begins
Aug. 29 - Primary Election
Oct. 9 - Final day to register to vote before general election
Oct. 18 - Early voting begins
Nov. 7 - General Election
Click here to view the full election schedule