Scuttle butt around Knoxville just added another potential candidate for Knox County Mayor. There is a strong rumor Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “JJ” Jones will turn in his handcuffs and golf shoes in favor of a suit and tie to run for Mayor.
Jones could face Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders, a City of Knoxville police officer, in the Republican primary. County Commissioner At-Large Bob Thomas is already an announced candidate and there will likely be others seeking the GOP nod before the 2018 primary. Jones has been vocal in his demand for a big pay raise for Sheriff’s deputies and if elected, might wander away from the rigid fiscal conservatism of Mayor Tim Burchett, which has been wildly popular with the public. That could likely be an issue in the Republican primary.
The rumors are flying around like golf balls on a sunny Monday.