Now, before you all start talking about this post keep in your mind that I am reporting election rumors, only rumors. Nothing that has been verified.
1) If Trustee Candidate Craig Leuthold is unsuccessful (very real possibility) that he will return to the Knox County Property Assessors Office to work with his “County Commission Friend” and Assessor Phil Ballard. Then in 2016, Leuthold will run for Property Assessor and if successful, will hire Ballard to be his Deputy Assessor. This has been termed the keep Ballard in the building plan A.
2) If Trustee Candidate Craig Leuthold is successful (long shot) he will hire Property Assessor Phil Ballard in 2016 when he is sent packing after his term limited time is over. This has been termed the keep Ballard in the building plan B.
3) I have been told that when Phyllis Severance, the Former First Vice Chair of the Knox County Republican Party agreed to MC Trustee Candidate Craig Leuthold’s Thursday event boasts were made that this was in exchange for support for Mrs. Severance’s son to run for Property Assessor in 2016. Not sure how the Ballard job security fits into this one. Ballard may want to begin working a Black Wednesday plan with Severance. Similar to the 2007 Black Wednesday deal that put his crony in the seat beside him on Commission in 2007.
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