Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Anders mulling run for commish chair

Brad Anders
Looks Like Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders is mulling another run for the board's chairmanship.

"I'm going to try to meet with a few commissioners, probably Monday, and discuss it with them and see what their feeling is on it," he told da Porch today. "I'll probably make a decision at that time."

For the past week or so, the local politicos have been calling around, trying to figure out who will challenge Aaaaarrr Larry Smith for the position and just how many votes could they garner. (Smith, the term-limited vice chairman announced his intentions for the seat awhile ago.)

Most folks - if it comes down to just the two of them - have the winner winning in a 6-5 vote.

Just who they have winning, however, changes every day.

(That was some Charlie Sheen-like use of the word "winning," wasn't it? Heh.)

Anyhoo, current Chairman Tony Norman, who doesn't want another shot at the title, said the board will decide on Sept. 3.

Last year, Anders, who has served as vice chairman, narrowly lost to Norman.

The commission chairman runs the meetings, sets the monthly agenda and oversees the board's three-member staff. The position also works closely with the county's law department, mayor, school superintendent and the chairperson for the Knox County Board of Education.

UPDATE: I have now been told that Commissioner, War hero, doctor and overall bad a$$ Richard Briggs is on a medical mission trip and won't attend the Sept. 3 meeting, so someone has to win this sucker in a 6-4 vote.

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