Jacobs formally announces bid for another term as Knox County mayor

Gov. Bill Lee, right, and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs meet at the state Capitol in Nashville on Feb. 4, 2019. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee’s office)

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs has formally announced his bid for a second term as mayor of Knox County. While widely expected, the decision means the professional wrestler won’t be running for governor in 2022.

“Four years ago, I pledged to stay true to my conservative values as Mayor,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Nobody could have envisioned a pandemic and the economic shutdown that followed, but I’m proud Knox County has been able to weather the storm without a tax increase.”

The Republican primary in the mayor’s race is scheduled for May 3, 2022. Jacobs, who wrestles as the WWE villain Kane, won the 2018 nomination by 23 votes over Brad Anders.

Here’s the full release from the Jacobs campaign:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will file the necessary paperwork to officially claim his spot in the 2022 mayoral race seeking re-election for the county executive seat he has held since September 2018. Alexander Waters will serve as Campaign Treasurer with Jake Ogle assisting.

As Mayor, Jacobs has demonstrated strong, conservative leadership and focused on telling the rest of the world what Knox County citizens already know: Knox County is the best place to live, work, and raise a family. He has committed to creating opportunities for everyone to thrive in an engaged and vibrant community by prioritizing jobs, education and recreation.

Jacobs promises to fervently continue this work in the second term.

Of the candidacy, Jacobs said, “Four years ago, I pledged to stay true to my conservative values as Mayor. Nobody could have envisioned a pandemic and the economic shutdown that followed, but I’m proud Knox County has been able to weather the storm without a tax increase. By tightening our belt and making smart cuts, we balanced our budget while continuing to make forward-thinking investments in our community. If reelected, the public can expect four more years of leadership with conservative values top of mind.”

Prior to his election, Jacobs owned Jacob Insurance Associates and spent more than 20 years as a professional wrestler, most notably as WWE Superstar and three-time world champion Kane.

Jacobs and his wife of more than 25 years, Crystal, have lived in East Tennessee with their two daughters Arista and Devan who both work in the healthcare field, since 1995.

Of their move to Knox County in 2013, Jacobs said, “I was fortunate to travel the world in my previous job, but I visited this area, fell in love with it and never left. I’m honored to serve such an incredible community.”

For more information or to support the Glenn Jacobs for Mayor reelection campaign, visit JacobsForMayor.com.

The Republican primary is set to take place on May 3, 2022, with the General Election following on August 4, 2022. Anyone wishing to vote in the primary must be registered to vote by April 4, 2022. Voter registration information can be found here.


8 Responses to Jacobs formally announces bid for another term as Knox County mayor

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    Eddie White says:

    Kind of looks like a comedy act.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Clear sailing for another 5 1/2 years of the Lee administration but that’s not all the good news for conservatives today.

    1. Tonight at 5 PM just across the border in Huntsville, staunch conservative Mo Brooks (Heritage-88%) will announce that he is running for the U.S. Senate to replace the not so great Richard Shelby (Heritage-71%).

    2. The Club For Growth has announced its first non-incumbent endorsement for 2022, i.e. former Ohio Treasurer and a great conservative fighter Josh Mandel to replace Rob (“Lamar”) Portman (Heritage-56%). The Club only endorses candidates who stand a very good chance of winning.

    3. The Heritage Foundation is FINALLY getting rid of the terrible Kay James as President. Now let’s see who replaces her.

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    James White says:

    Correction: The Tyrannical Government economic shutdown.

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    MARLE says:

    I thought Knoxville was one of those “liberal ghettos” that Stuart is always talking about having the heavy hand of nanny state government issuing mask mandates. Doesn’t Knox county Still have mandates just like Democrat centric Nashville?

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    It is a comedy team with the two of them! Kane should have kept his night job and stuck to wrestling. What a joke for a mayor, but not quite as bad as Lee at Governor. Two conservatives that just do not have a clue about running a city or a state.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    They seem like a couple. Are they a couple?

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    They both have that same goofy blank stare that Desantis has in all of his photo ops.

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