Hi. I'm Mark Campen and I'm running for the Fifth District seat on the Knoxville City Council in Knoxville, TN. I'm currently the Executive Director of the Tennessee Izaak Walton League. In 2008, following "Black Wednesday" when the term limits were imposed, I was an appointed Knox County Commissioner.
I'm a native Knoxvillian and a UT graduate. The Fifth District is in the heart of Knoxville and has always been home to a diverse and interesting set of people. Today it faces a number of issues that will determine its future. Read more about what I think should be our priorities under the Issues topic.
If you believe in our future like I do, then join me in helping to preserve our historic values and reverence for our land while acknowledging and using advances in technology.
Why run for office?
If we can get the politics out of public service, we can get a lot done. I don’t follow any particular party. I think we need more than two choices. We need to focus on the people and the issues, not the political parties and platforms. I want to listen to the people, look at the greatest needs of our city and vote accordingly. If we have disagreements, and we will, I hope to promote constructive conversation to hear all sides and come to a compromise. I will not make everyone happy and I have no allegiance to anyone, other than the voters that elect me. This is your government. I appreciate my supporters and trust that, whether you have made a donation to my campaign or not, you know I will do my best to serve the people, my community and our city. I was born here and have lived here my entire life. I love this city and know that we can all work together make it all it can be. Knoxville is a great city; let’s make it better!