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Knoxville City Council, District 3, Primary Election

Nicholas Ciparro ****
Seema Singh *

Knoxville City Council, District 3, Primary Election 

Nicholas Ciparro

Seema Singh

Primary election takes place on August 31, 2021

Recommendation: Recommend Nicholas Ciparro who is a Republican, supports limited constitutional government, and opposes illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, and amnesty.

Nicholas Ciparro: Recommend     

            Overall Rating: 63.2%

Big Government/Small Government Rating: Big 17%; Small 83%              

            Christian World View Rating: Christian 54%; Secular 46%                

Background

41 years old

Lives in Knoxville

2019 – Present – Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Technology of Carbon Rivers

2013 – Present, Chief Technology Officer, Celtig

Big Government/Small Government

Budget, Spending, and Taxes          Possible Score 30       Total Score 6

Believes lawmakers should stop spending money the government doesn’t have (6)  

Business and Consumers                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 5

Conservative                                      Possible Score 30       Total Score 5

Is a Republican (6)

Was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Tennessee. Also ran in 2010. (6)

Supports limited constitutional government (3)

Other                                                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 1

Opposes Amnesty – Amnesty is not a solution for the problem. (0)

Supports Mandatory E-Verify – In my area, every workplace that uses E-Verify is hiring. This leaves the impression that it works. (2)

Opposes Sanctuary Policies and Other Incentives – Any state that adopts sanctuary policies is in violation of the commerce clause in the Constitution. (0)

Opposes Birthright Citizenship – Currently, U.S. Code Title 8 sections 1401-9 state that these people are nationals but not citizens. We should enforce the current laws. (0)

Opposes Visa Lottery – Please note a VISA and a Green card are not the same. But I oppose diving away green cards with no merit, as well as VISAs. (1)

Opposes Unnecessary Worker Importation – I support getting the best of the best here. To tie strings on that would be a bad idea. I am more in support of keeping jobs here in the first place. (2)

Supports a Reduction in Total Immigration – The addition of legal immigrants is fine. We need to worry about illegals, not the people who want to follow our laws and be food citizens. Illegals are the problem. (2)  

Christian World View

Abortion                                             Possible Score 40       Total Score 24   

Family Values                                    Possible Score 30       Total Score 15

Marriage                                            Possible Score 30       Total Score 15   

Seema Singh: Strongly Do Not Recommend      

            Overall Rating: 12.0%

Big Government/Small Government Rating: Big 79%; Small 21%            

            Christian World View Rating: Christian 6%; Secular 94%                        

Background

54 years old

Mother of one daughter

2018 – Present – Knoxville 3rd District City Councilwoman

Runs a jail alternative program for domestic violence offenders

Has served as a community advocate for more than two decades, dedicating many years to her work in the field of medical social services, where she assisted women in our community with access to healthcare

BA, University of Tennessee, Psychology and Religious Studies

Budget, Spending, and Taxes          Possible Score 30       Total Score 20

Taxes: Maintain Knoxville’s low cost of living with good quality of life and services

Business and Consumers                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 15

Introduced a City Council resolution that led to Knoxville Utility Board compromises, including a five-year freeze on utility fees and forming a Community Advisory Board with low-income representation. (18)

Work with Knoxville Utility Board to get lower-cost broadband high-speed internet service into every home in the district. This empowers every citizen, by instantly opening the doors of education and opportunity to all residents. (17)

Will continue to work with leaders in at-risk communities to help form, fund, or improve non-profit organizations that work with the surrounding residents on job training and placement programs locally. (6)

Affordable Homes – In her first year on City Council Seema got right to work leading a series of community conversations addressing the city’s growing need for affordable housing.  Seema rounded up a diverse of array of stakeholders – from nonprofit housing developers, case workers working with homeless persons, government agencies and elected officials, to faith leaders, advocates, activists and homeless persons, to better understand the problem and work on solutions. The conversations set the stage for a $12.6M city investment in an Affordable Rental and Workforce Housing Fund, as well as quadrupling the number of social workers available to provide homeless persons with connections to services and care. (18)

Ensuring jobs with livable wages, and instituting fairer economic development (17)

Economic Development: Address economic development inequities, champion Knoxville’s entrepreneurs and support smart, business growth (11)   

Conservative                                      Possible Score 30       Total Score 30

Although a long-time progressive, Singh Perez did not consider herself a socialist before the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. “He spoke the truth in ways that I just hadn’t heard…honestly… I cried,” she says. “It suddenly struck me, I could/should be [in] government.” So she ran for city council and became one of its first two women of color. Just four months into a four year term, she counts among her early priorities housing and income inequality and increased training in the trades, particularly for women. (30)

Is a member of Knoxville Democratic Socialists of America (30)

Endorsed by Women for Tennessee’s Future in 2017 – Dedicated to electing progressive women to office at the state and local levels in Tennessee (29)

Other                                                  Possible Score 20       Total Score 14

I continue to support walkable, safer communities, with clean and healthy environments; smart, responsible climate change solutions and equity policies, and much more affordable housing. (14)

In our next term, I will continue working as an intermediary between District 3 residents and developers to plan inclusive progress in the district. I also aim to partner with KUB and others to bring fast, affordable broadband to every home in the district. I will continue to help form, fund and promote local job training and placement programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods.  I will also continue to work with all community members who have a stake in reimagining public safety in a way that gives our city an evidence-based return on our investments that address the root causes of violence. (14)

Shepherded a resolution through City Council that supports a multi-agency, multi-government community-based Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund to develop non-law enforcement, proactive, evidence-based measures to reduce violence and promote healing and hope throughout the city. The Fund will support non-law enforcement initiatives that address root causes of violence by providing employment, training, education and counseling to individuals, as well as investing in trauma-informed services. (16)

Promoting policies and directing resources to deal directly with the substance abuse, economic hardships, racial discrimination, access to mental health support, and exposure to domestic assault that undergird most violent acts in our community. (12)

Knows that the safety of our children, meaningful work, a livable wage, and access to healthcare are among some of the needs we all share. (11)

Continues to support walkable, safer communities, with clean and healthy environments; smart, responsible climate change and equity policies, and more affordable housing. (14)  

Christian World View

Abortion                                             Possible Score 40       Total Score 2   

Family Values                                    Possible Score 30       Total Score 2   

Marriage                                            Possible Score 30       Total Score 2