WTF Endorsement: Lauren Rider for Knoxville City Council District 4

Update: Winner! Congratulations Lauren on being elected to the Knoxville City Council!

WTF is proud to announce its endorsement of Lauren Rider for City Council District 4 in Knoxville’s November 7, 2017 election. Lauren is a first-time candidate running for the District 4 seat that was last held by a woman 16 years ago. During the Primary Election at the end of August, in which the top two candidates move on to the General Election, Lauren came in first of five candidates, earning 889 votes or 44% of the vote. The second place finisher earned 488 votes, only 24% of the vote. Lauren earned the endorsement of the Knoxville News Sentinel where they praised Lauren for her “energy, passion, ideas and commitment to work” to make her vision a reality. Read the newspaper’s endorsement, HERE.

Lauren, a campus librarian at Pellissippi State Community College, has been a community advocate and leader for over 12 years. Lauren served seven years on Knoxville’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, four years as President of her neighborhood, and most recently, she initiated and co-chairs the Broadway Corridor Task Force.

Lauren’s key issues include:

  • Stabilizing her community by focusing on development programming, land use and zoning codes to mitigate blighted properties, advocate for affordable housing and address challenges like homelessness
  • Find budget efficiencies to ensure Knoxville continues to provide and improve quality services like police, fire and trash in the face of tightening budgets
  • Strive for increased mobility through improving Knoxville’s public transit, greenways and walkability

Learn more about Lauren on her website: