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Knoxville City Council, District 2, Primary Election

Andrew Roberto **

Kim Smith *****

Knoxville City Council, District 2, Primary Election

Andrew Roberto

Kim Smith

Primary election takes place on August 31, 2021 

Recommendation: Recommend Kim Smith who wants to keep taxes low, attract good paying jobs, and fight crime.

Andrew Roberto: Do Not Recommend     

            Overall Rating: 32.2%

Big Government/Small Government Rating: Big 72%; Small 28%              

            Christian World View Rating: Christian 35%; Secular 65%                

Background

44 years old

Married with two children

Is a Knoxville native

2018 – Present – Knoxville City Council

Partner with The Lawyers of Brown and Roberto

Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science, University of Tennessee, Summa Cum Laude

JD, University College of Law, 2002

Big Government/Small Government

Budget, Spending, and Taxes          Possible Score 30       Total Score 24

Business and Consumers                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 13

Economic Development and Job Creation – Proactive Leadership Emphasizing Economic Growth and Job Creation in Knoxville

  • Proactively promoted local businesses with “lunch mobs” and announcements during challenging times
  • Helped pave the way for Tesla to come to Knoxville by updating zoning at West Town Mall.
  • Supported updated zoning paving the way for Amazon’s 2021 investment at former Knoxville Center Mall location that will bring over 700 new jobs to our community. (5)

I have been working on achieving significant city-wide carbon reductions since I was elected in November 2017. I was proud to sponsor and support the 2030 and 2050 carbon goals set by Council in 2019. (16)

Is supported by labor unions (18)

Conservative                                      Possible Score 30       Total Score 27

Is a Democrat (27)

Roberto has contributed to:

  • Gloria Johnson (D) (27)
  • Elizabeth Rowland for State House (D) (27)

Other                                                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 8

In 2014, Andrew served on the executive committee of the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention held in Knoxville and has led The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto in their service to local military veterans. The firm has worked closely with the Tennessee Veterans Business Association, and founded INVEST, an annual business competition that provided training, resources and startup capital for veteran entrepreneurs. (6)

Over the past four years, I have been a neighborhood advocate, a champion for a more walkable and beautiful community, a supporter of a clean and healthy environment, an advocate for affordable housing and permanent supportive housing, a proponent for responsible public safety, worked to build community bridges, pursued policies to reduce underage beer service, and championed economic development and job growth. (8)

A Champion for a More Walkable and Beautiful Community – Knoxville is our home – let’s continue our work to make it beautiful, walkable and more connected. (6)

Supporting a Clean and Healthy Environment – Supporting Clean, Sustainable Initiatives and Cost Saving Measures for Tax Payers

  • Worked with city leaders to launch the LED streetlight replacement program in 2017; which not only pays for itself over 8 years, it will thereafter save $2 million dollars a year on our municipal power bill. (7)

An Advocate for Affordable Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing

  • Voted to invest $12.6 million over 4 years to expand affordable rental and workforce housing through the affordable rental and workforce housing fund.
  • Supported addition of 4 times the number of social workers available to assist the unhoused and provide them connections to care and services.
  • Advocated for permanent supportive housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and voted for a 32% increase in the number of permanent supportive housing units available currently or approved new housing units since 2018. (16)

An Advocate for Responsible Public Safety – Supporting and Empowering our Public Servants and listening to the Communities they Serve. (5)

Would use a city surplus to upgrade pay and benefits for police officers (4)

Christian World View

Abortion                                             Possible Score 40       Total Score 4  

Family Values                                    Possible Score 30       Total Score 21

Has led his firm in partnering with Celebrate Recovery in North Knoxville (24)

Served on The Salvation Army of Knoxville’s advisory board from 2012 to 2018, and as board chairman from 2015-2018. During his time on the advisory board, Andrew would frequently serve lunch at the soup kitchen and volunteer during the annual Red Kettle campaign. In recognition of his service, the organization presented him with their Partner in Mission Award in 2012. He was only the 33rd person nationwide to receive this honor. (21)

Member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church – “We are loving people to Jesus to change the world.” (18)

Marriage                                            Possible Score 30       Total Score 10  

Kim Smith: Recommend     

            Overall Rating: 60.8%

Big Government/Small Government Rating: Big 23%; Small 77%            

            Christian World View Rating: Christian 50%; Secular 50%                        

Background

Married with two children

Knoxville resident for 34 years

Works in education

Budget, Spending, and Taxes          Possible Score 30       Total Score 4

Keep taxes low for residents

Business and Consumers                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 5

Job Creation and Economic Growth

  • Strong leadership to prioritize job creation
  • Create prosperity by attracting good paying jobs
  • Keep taxes low for residents (5)

Conservative                                      Possible Score 30       Total Score 9

Other                                                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 5

Safe Communities

  • Encourage more job creation in high poverty areas
  • More community engagement for at-risk youth
  • Strong leadership to effectively fight crime (4)

Strong Neighborhoods, Quality of Life

  • Help homeless who are seeking counseling, rehabilitation, and employment
  • Focus on providing high quality with basic city services
  • Support parks and recreation for all residents to enjoy (6)

Christian World View

Abortion                                             Possible Score 40       Total Score 20  

Family Values                                    Possible Score 30       Total Score 15  

Marriage                                            Possible Score 30       Total Score 15