Knoxville 2021 City Council Elections

City Council is the legislative body of the City of Knoxville. Right now, City voters are heading to the polls to elect five members to the nine-member Knoxville City Council. Early voting for the general election runs from October 13-28 and Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. City residents will be able to vote for a candidate in all five of the seats up for election during this General Election, no matter what district in the city they live in.  For more information on the election, the candidates, candidate forums, and how you can be a voter, visit the City’s Go Vote! Knoxville webpage or click the links below:

We at the Southern Alliance for Clean  Energy Action Fund encourage you  to support the candidates who have a  proven track record of moving Knoxville  forward on the environment and clean  energy, and who have taken actions on  City Council such as:  

  • Setting carbon pollution reduction goals
  • Authorizing the purchase of 12 fully electric transit buses for KAT
  • Approving a proven low-income  advocate to the KUB board

When you head to the polls during early voting  from October 13 to 28 or on Election Day on  November 2, vote for: 

  • Lauren Rider – District 4  
  • Seema Singh – District 3 
  • Andrew Roberto – District 2  
  • Tommy Smith – District 1 
  • Gwen McKenzie – District 6 


Early Voting: October 13 – 28 // Various Times

Election Day: November 2nd // 8 AM – 8 PM

Candidates on Climate and Clean Energy

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In this blog series, we share the Knoxville City Council candidates’ positions on clean energy and climate issues in their own words. Each of the blog posts below contains the candidates’ responses to SACE’s candidate questionnaire. The responses are ordered by City Council district, and alphabetically within each district. View candidate responses by clicking on each respective district candidate below. We have also indicated which candidates have not returned the questionnaire.

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

District 6

  • Garrett Holt: Has not returned the questionnaire
  • Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie: Has not returned the questionnaire

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund is a nonpartisan, non-profit 501(c)4 organization working to ensure clean energy solutions are a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. Paid for by SACE Action Fund (