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City Council Movement endorses three candidates in 2021 city elections
June 5, 2021

Building on their 2017 and 2019 victories, CCM
candidates will challenge incumbents

KNOXVILLE - The City Council Movement is proud to announce endorsements for the 2021 Knoxville City Council Elections. CCM is endorsing three candidates in three separate races: David Hayes for City Council District 1, Jen McMahon for City Council District 4, and Deidra Harper for City Council District 6. Each candidate and their respective campaigns were endorsed through an open and competitive application process and selected for their proven commitments to advocating for our most marginalized communities and their alignment with CCM’s People’s Platform.

Hayes, Harper, and McMahon join a legacy of candidates and campaigns that are part of a movement in Knoxville building local governance that works for all Knoxvillians. This is the third round of city council elections that CCM has endorsed candidates. In the previous two election cycles, CCM candidates have been elected to council, including Councilperson Amelia Parker, and the Movement anticipates wins in this election cycle as well.

To celebrate these endorsements, CCM will be hosting a kickoff event on Saturday, June 12th from 5-8pm at The Gathering Place, 3906 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, in Burlington. This event is open to the community to come learn about CCM, our volunteer opportunities, and hear directly from our endorsed candidates. Entertainment, food, and drinks will also be provided for attendees; this is a family-friendly event. Mask wearing and social distancing are encouraged for all attendees.

The City Council Movement was developed from the political caucus of Rescue and Restoration. Rescue and Restoration is a community organizing effort established in 2014 to address health, political, education and economic issues that affect predominantly African-American communities. The Movement’s Mission is to strengthen the people’s political power by holding elected officials accountable via organizing, education and participatory democracy; and secure political representatives who maintain practices and implement projects that demonstrate viable, effective economic and social impact on Black, people of color, working class, and marginalized communities.

For more information on the City Council Movement and the upcoming kickoff event, contact and visit CCM’s website.

Candidate Bios:

David Hayes is an activist, organizer, and working-class Knoxvillian who is devoted to uplifting and empowering individuals, families, workers, and communities in Knoxville and throughout Appalachia. David has lived in South Knoxville and the UT area since moving to Knoxville at 18, and is deeply committed to seeing it thrive and be an affordable place for all. David is returning for a second city council run as a CCM endorsed candidate after earning 45% percent of the vote in a close 2019 race for At-Large Seat B.

Jen McMahon is an Ohio native, but a Knoxvillian at heart. She has called Knoxville home for over 6 years, and has fallen in love with all East Tennessee has to offer. Jen became the CEO and Co-Founder of Century Harvest Farms Foundation in late 2017. Jen is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Jen is a board member of the Loudon County Health Improvement Council, serves on the Governing Council for the Tennessee Valley Continuum of Care and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee's Consortium for Social Effective Enterprise Program.

Deidra Harper, a Knoxville native, is an entrepreneur, co-owning Elite Facility Maintenance, and a freelancer who focuses on Graphic Design. She’s also the public relations director and Co-Founder of TENSE Summit (Teaching to Eliminate Negative Stereotypes through Education). Deidra is also Co-Founder of The Women LLC and The Women Foundation, which focuses on creating avenues to financing small Black business expansions and start-ups through crowdsourcing, community funding, and real estate investment. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She serves on the boards of Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum as well as the Greater Knox County Black Chamber of Commerce. As a Knox.Biz 40 under 40, Deidra is embracing her title of business woman and active community leader, focusing on bringing effective change and leadership to District 6 and the entire City of Knoxville.

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