Author: Knoxville Chamber

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: REBECCA PARR (District 1)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Rebecca’s education and career has been in theatre and opera production. She worked for 19 years with the Knoxville Opera and many other theatre projects, and she has worked the last 11 years as the production manager for UT School of Music Opera Theatre. Rebecca has been a proud member of the local stagehand union, IATSE 197, before devoting her time to help raise her great-nephew and provide support for her family. Rebecca serves on the board of Community Action Committee as a representative for the Head Start Policy Council (chairperson) and graduated from the 2017 CAC...

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: JENNIFER MONTGOMERY (District 6)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Jennifer not only lives in the sixth district, she owns a business there. She owns a small real estate company, Trotta Montgomery Real Estate on W. 5th Avenue. The business recently bought and is renovating a building at 2300 E. Magnolia Avenue and are excited about working at the street level. Jennifer’s family is from the sixth district. Her great-grandfather owned a plumbing shop on University Avenue, and her grandfather worked at a lumber yard on Washington Avenue, the street on which she lives. She has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. She looked...

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: GWEN MCKENZIE (District 6)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Gwen is a lifelong resident of Knoxville and has been employed with CVS Health for 15 years as Executive Advisor, as well as previously employed with Covenant Health Ft. Sanders Loudon Hospital; Peninsula Hospital and Peninsula Lighthouse. Currently, she serves on the Metropolitan Airport Authority and Knoxville Area Urban League boards and is a member of the Knoxville Links Incorporated. She is also a member of Town Hall East Neighborhood Association, East Knoxville Business and Professional Association and East Towne Business Alliance. Gwen attended South Carolina State College. She volunteers with Shoes for School, PBS Television, Feeding...

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: LAUREN RIDER (District 4)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Lauren Rider is an active leader who has worked with neighborhoods and businesses to make our community safer and stronger. She is experienced with City processes and advocating for the community as a two-term Neighborhood Advisory Council member, past-president of Old North Knoxville and current Broadway Corridor Task Force co-chair. Lauren has both small business and leadership experience, having led several community-based renovation projects that contributed to the recent wave of revitalization in North Knoxville. When frustrated by vacant, problem properties, Lauren reached out to neighbors and formed collaborative LLCs to tackle several problem properties. They were...

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: SEEMA SINGH-PEREZ (District 3)

CANDIDATE BIO:  Seema was born in India and became a naturalized US citizen at age 13. Knoxville has been her home on and off for more than 40 years. She is married and has a daughter in middle school, and she is the Program Coordinator for a Domestic Violence Offender’s Intervention program. Seema and her husband, Eddie started their own business together 10 years ago. They were both novices and had to learn a great many skills. She utilized resources from the chamber, SCORE and KEC. Her husband now runs a successful electrical contracting company, and he has several...

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