Compass Guide to the City Primary


Compass Guide to the City Primary

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August 9, 2023


Polls open today at six early voting locations across Knoxville for residents to vote in the City of Knoxville primary.

Early voting starts today and runs through Aug. 24, ahead of the Aug. 29 election day.

Early voting continues through Aug. 24, leading up to the primary election on Aug. 29. You can find complete voting information at

Five of the six positions on the ballot have drawn challengers for incumbents, including Knoxville Mayor India Kincannon and Municipal Judge John Rosson Jr. Only the 5th District incumbent, Councilman Charles Thomas, is coasting to reelection with no opponent on the ballot.

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Primary 2023: The Incumbent Mayor
Not surprisingly, Indya Kincannon is running on her record in her bid for re-election as Knoxville’s mayor.

Primary 2023: The Mayoral Challengers
A trio of candidates looks to buck recent history and unseat incumbent Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon.

Primary 2023: City Council At-Large Seat A
Three candidates are on the ballot, but only two — incumbent Lynne Fugate and challenger Cameron Brooks — are waging active campaigns.

Primary 2023: City Council At-Large Seat B
Housing is the number one issue for both candidates in the only race in this year’s election that doesn’t feature an incumbent.

Primary 2023: City Council At-Large Seat C
Incumbent Amelia Parker faces stiff challenges from Planning Commission Chair Tim Hill and Change Center Executive Director Matthew Best.

Primary 2023: Municipal Judge

A trio of challengers seek to deny incumbent John Rosson a 10th term heading up City Court.

The Fundraising Races

With less than two months to go before the city primary, some candidates are flush with cash while others have only just begun to raise money.

Approaches to Housing

At Tuesday’s forum, the four candidates for Knoxville mayor grappled with the city’s top issue heading into this month’s primary.

Forum Selections

Candidates for at-large seats on City Council answer questions about turnout, housing, homelessness, KPD and more.