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Ivan Harmon Issues Statement About Mayoral Race

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Ivan Harmon. Image by John Disque

This morning, former City Council member and Knox County Commissioner Ivan Harmon issued a statement concerning the mayoral race.

"This week I was one of three former candidates in the race for Knoxville city mayor to give my endorsement to candidate Mark Padgett. I did so because I believe Mark is the best remaining candidate, because I believe that Mark can bring new energy and vision to the office and because I believe Mark can bring new jobs to Knoxville.

I also supported the Knox County Sheriff's endorsement of Mark because of his dedication to neighborhood safety and security, which is one of the most important issues in this campaign.

Just two hours after our news conference, mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero wrongly stated that we endorsers were, 'Black Wednesday insiders' and 'a group of politicians and job-seekers.'

I feel Madeline Rogero owes an apology to me, Joe Hultquist, Bo Bennett and Sheriff JJ Jones. Her irresponsible statements are untrue, inaccurate and demean the character of good people that served - and continue to serve - our community.

In no way have I traded an agreement for a job in exchange for my endorsement. Ms. Rogero's statements are slanderous and egregious. Up until now this campaign had been free from unwarranted personal attacks.

This is the kind of negative politics that creates the great apathy - and low voter turnout - we have in Knoxville. I stand by my endorsement of Mark Padgett to be the next Mayor of the city of Knoxville. I encourage Madeline to issue a public apology."

To view the press release and video of the news conference, visit:

Published October 7, 2011, 8:46 a.m.

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