This morning, Robert Lawrence Smith, Knox County Commission Vice Chair announced that he was withdrawing his name from the ballot for Knox County School Board Seventh District. Smith would have faced Knox County Veteran School Teacher Patti Lou Bounds and Knoxville Entrepreneur Andrew Graybeal.
In making his announcement from his office in the 640 North Office Building, Smith said there other more experienced candidates in the race than himself. It was a scene never before witnessed with Smith. Lots of speculation began immediately surfacing. Would Smith challenge State Representative Bill Dunn? Would Smith wait and see what becomes of the rumored investigation into the Knox County Property Assessors Office? If a vacancy would occur in the Knox County Property Assessors office within the next two years would Smith seek that appointment? Would Smith wait until 2016 when the Property Assessor is term limited out and seek that position? Most everyone’s reaction is that Smith will surface somewhere in the near future.
I do believe that Smith made the right decision.
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