Mark Saroff for County Commission seat 1AMark Saroff was one of the first people to offer me support when I was still running for the County Commission, and I find him not only to be a likeable person, but one who is committed to Republican ideals. That, however, is not the reason that I am endorsing Saroff for the 1A seat and asking those in the First District to vote for him by writing his name in. Locals may know Saroff as the man who owns the infamous McClung Warehouses downtown, and a few might be aware that those warehouses have faced threats of eminent domain seizure and threats of being declared a "blight."
What some people may not know is that not only does Saroff want to renovate the dour warehouses, he is desperately trying to do so. At every turn, the city and county have stood in Saroff's way by throwing building code regulations at him, or any obscure legal provision they could find to prevent Saroff from renovating the property-they don't want Saroff to renovate the warehouses so that they look nice and fit in to historic Downtown Knoxville-the city wants Saroff's property so they can do with it as they please.
Saroff has said “I have learned that if you don’t get involved in politics, politics will come to you.” He is right, of course. Beyond Saroff’s personal grievances, however, I think Mark Saroff understands better than most people do the importance of local government protecting property rights in the wake of the Kelo decision, because Mark Saroff has experienced what it is like for the government to try and take your property.
Aside from property rights issues, I think Mark Saroff understands the issues of living in an urban environment like Knoxville better than a lot of people on the County Commission, and he is very aware that city dwellers are citizens of Knox County, too-he believes in the notion that if the city isn’t giving you the services you pay for with both the city and county taxes you pay, you have ought to have the right to go to the county for redress.
Because Mark Saroff has real respect for people and a belief in basic human dignity, I believe First District voters should write in MARK SAROFF for the 1A County Commission seat in next Tuesday’s Republican Primary.