Bob Thomas feels at home anywhere in Knox County

By Mike Steely

“Everywhere I visit in Knox County, the people always make me feel so welcome and right at home,” said Knox County mayoral candidate Bob Thomas Thursday.

Thomas was addressing a large crowd of local citizens and political supporters at the Corryton Senior Center. On hand to support his candidacy were several elected county officials and candidates for local and state office.

“The next ten years can be some of the greatest years for Knox County. We’re going to have growth but we need to do it correctly. We have a great opportunity for good jobs,” Thomas said.

The Republican noted that military veterans “made our country and our county” and pledged to continue to support programs for them.

Currently Thomas serves as the At-Large Commissioner, Seat 10, which is a county-wide position. He was elected three years ago along with his long-time radio personality friend Ed Brantley. The two hosted the “Ed and Bob Show” for many years in Knoxville. Thomas has served as chairman of the Knox County Cable TV Committee and the Disability Committee. He’s served on the County’s Pension and Retirement Committee, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Metro Drug Coalition Board and the Dogwoods Arts Festival Board.

He has also served on the Young-Williams Animal Center Board, the American Cancer Society Board, the Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Thompson-Boling Arena Use Committee.

He and his wife, Kim Simms Thomas, who was a local television news anchor, have three children and five grandchildren.

Thomas pledges to keep taxes low, get the most from our tax dollars, make sure our children receive the best possible education, keep our neighborhoods safe and, above all, listen to citizens.

“I have over 40 years of involvement in our community and I hope you’ll join me and help move the county forward. Together we can make great things happen for all of Knox County,” Thomas said.

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