Commissioner Oatney?Stacey Campfield asks:
"Will you run?"
He is asking whether I will run to replace one of the 12 incumbent Knox County Commissioners who may be forced not to run for re-election as a result of the State Supreme Court ruling yesterday.
To be fair to these 12, it seems that the Election Commission doesn't have a clue yet what they are going to do. Stacey referred to today as "draft day," and pointed out that there will be a real hurry to replace these candidates with the Primary being the first week of May. He is right-but this could have a huge impact on who can run, it may make the filing deadline unreasonably soon and not give enough time to circulate petitions or campaign. If I were to run, I'd be shocked if I ran in the GOP Primary unopposed. I told Stacey this:
Assuming that I meet the Constitutional requirements for the office I would be running for, I would be glad to run if people asked and showed me there was enough support for it.
I stand by that. Let's just say I am going to have to do a little research-perhaps very fast research, and we are all going to have to see just what happens to the Twelve. If they really all get cut-well, I'll talk about it some more then-we'll see just what exactly happens.
For the record, I live in the 2nd District.