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In the spirit of Joe Sullivan's endorsement of Haslam for mayor last week, Brian Conley surveys the landscape of the City Council elections and offers his opinions. It appears he feels the MP readers need an election primer. Either that, or he was having trouble meeting a minimum word count:

The four new Council members who get elected in November will bring fresh ideas and leadership to city government at a most challenging time. Severe budgetary constraints and pivotal downtown redevelopment decisions head the list of issues that will immediately confront them. For the longer term, however, candidates should be judged not only by their stances on these issues but also by the ways in which they would seek to make the city's decision-making processes more inclusive.

Easy Brian. Don't give it to us all at once. Now, what was that part about the difference between short-term and long-term? I'm kidding. It's nice to see some attention paid to the elections for those offices that actually have a little more nuts and bolts control over what happens in Knoxville than the new mayor will.

He gives a surprising (in my humble estimation) endorsement to Joe Bailey. Brian cites Bailey's emphasis on downtown development and convention-centerphilia as his strong points. Yeah, we are really hurting for people in local politics who want to draw more visitors to the convention center and send money downtown. I think those are both good things, but I doubt Bailey is really going to be any more of a catalyst for getting it done than onyone else who is already there. I'd much rather see Charles Thomas or Hubert Smith, both proactive opponents of urban sprawl and proponents of alternative transportation, get elected to give some attention to other issues. I'd also like an NEA grant to write this blog, but that ain't happening either.
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