CANDIDATE BIO: 

Harry Tindell is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a graduate of the UT, Knoxville with a B.S. in Business Finance.

Harry grew up in the 4th district and currently resides in the Alice Bell/Spring Hill community.

Harry Tindell was elected Tennessee State Representative in the 97th to 107th General Assemblies, serving from 1990 to 2012. Harry’s experience ranges from finance, tax policy and budgeting issues to education, healthcare and local government issues.

His leadership includes Chair of the powerful Budget Subcommittee, Vice-chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the influential Local Government Subcommittee, Vice-chair of the State & Local Government Committee and Chair of the Elections Subcommittee.

Harry started his government service as an elected member of the Knox County Board of Education, serving from 1986 to 1991.

As the proprietor for Harry Tindell Insurance, Harry is a licensed insurance broker, specializing in group employee benefits, including, health, life, dental, vision and disability insurance.

Harry co-founded the Healthy Living Expo, a consumer trade show focused on health, fitness and nutrition. The expo is a consumer event held annually in Knoxville, Tennessee and is in its 13th year.

CANDIDATE Q&A:

What are three factors you feel are most critical to continuing Knoxville’s steady economic growth? How do you plan to support these factors?

1. I will work for strategic investment in infrastructure, development and re-development so that we can grow our economy, provide desired services and keep taxes low. Growth is the key to our future jobs and quality of life.

2. We must expand our efforts to create new residential housing opportunities, including affordable housing. The greatest drag on our current tax base is residential housing. Revitalizing and development of the city’s core areas is good for the economy and good for the environment.

3. We should focus on job growth by attracting business and industry to Knoxville. By establishing Knoxville as a great place to live and to work, we can attract the high-paying jobs that we need.

What is the biggest challenge facing Knoxville businesses today? How do you plan to address this issue if elected?

Bureaucracy and red-tape have the potential to scare away business and to cause businesses to relocate elsewhere. The government should serve the citizens and businesses so as to enhance our quality of life, safety, growth and development. I will work to encourage and establish customer service protocols for anyone doing business with the City of Knoxville government.

In what specific ways would you like to see Knoxville’s young professionals more engaged in our community?

First, by participating in our democracy. Voting and voter education are essential to the success of our government. Next, I would encourage active participation in community affairs and events. Through active participation and community engagement, young professionals, and all citizens, can enhance the experience of living or working in the city I have always called home.

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