GLBT-friendly candidate Broyles kicks off County Commission campaign

Candidate for Knox County Commission, District 2, Seat B, Amy Broyles kicked off her write-in campaign for the General Election to be held August 2. Broyles only opposition for the targeted Commission seat is Billy G. Tindell, incumbent of 36-years of service. Broyles is classified as an independent for the August ballot.

“ I want to make it clear that I am still a Democrat, and if I could run as a Democrat, I would. However, due to a legal technicality, the only way for me to run in the General Election is as an Independent. 

Broyles is proactive in her inclusion of the GLBT community as evidenced by her presence at various community functions dating back to Heritage Night 2005. Broyles visited the Greater Knoxville LGBTQ Leadership Council during their May meeting to raise community awareness about her campaign.

“I am staying in this race because I believe the citizens of Knox County deserve a Commission that listens to them, and that respects and upholds the will of the voters,” declares Broyles. “I believe we deserve a Commission that looks like Knox County , with a greater diversity of professions and interests represented. I believe we deserve a Commission that is going to focus on the serious issues facing our county, instead of wasting taxpayer money in desperate attempts to save their own seats on the Commission.”

Introduced by Madeline Rogero, former candidate for Mayor of Knoxville, who previously held County Commission , District 2, Seat B, Broyles highlighted the irony of the Knox County Charter invalidation, which resulted from a lawsuit by five plaintiffs including her opponent. Tindell voted for the Charter when it was enacted in 1990.

Present for Broyles’ kickoff were Jim Andrews, candidate for Knox County Chancellor and former candidate for Knox County Sheriff, as well as Mark Harmon, candidate for Knox County Commission, Seat A. Neighborhood supporters were also present to wish Broyles well in her effort to secure the Commission seat.

Incumbent Billy Tindell is the father of Representative Harry Tindell, well-known friend of the GLBT community. He has served the District from his home in North Hills for more than three decades.

Broyles delighted GyrlGroove dance-goers with a surprise appearance Friday, June 16, at the Hawaiian Luau. In addressing the lesbian community as a discrete entity, Broyles’ appearance marked a historic first for the Knoxville community. The crowd of 200 lesbians cheered the young mother, whose boundless energy and dedication to garnering votes from a population largely ignored by area candidates, marks a unique and unprecedented validation of the local women’s community.

All candidates need volunteers for phone banking, canvassing, and donations.

Further information on Amy Broyles is available at (865) 237-6538 and on her Web site at

Commissioner Tindell may be reached through his office at (865) 215.2534 or request further information by email at

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