Just who is John Stancil?
John Stancil is a candidate for City Council (At Large Seat A). He and his wife Cynthia live in the Parkridge neighborhood of Historic Park City, immediately east of downtown Knoxville. John works in sales for Stanley Access Technologies, a division of Stanley Black and Decker, and they have five children and five grandchildren.
Prior, John and Cynthia lived in downtown Knoxville where he became involved in the City People organization, serving on the board and as Vice President. John has also served on the board of Parkridge Neighborhood Organization and as the neighborhood representative to the Historic Zoning Commission. John served the first three years on the Knox County Citizen Review Panel for Community Grants, and he represents the Parkridge Neighborhood in the Community Forum, an organization of neighborhood leaders that seek a common voice on issues of concern to citizens of Knoxville.
John has been active in Knox Heritage, volunteering and serving on fundraising groups for that organization. John is a member of Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County and actively supports the East Tennessee Community Design Center. John volunteers during events with Knoxville Golden Gloves and during the Knoxville Marathon.
If Elected to the City Council, Stancil Will…
- Focus on the universal application of Codes and Zoning.
- Foster an atmosphere to attract businesses to Knoxville and encourage existing local businesses to stay and expand within our community.
- Focus on neighbors who live, work and contribute to Knoxville.
- Partner with council members to increase citizens’ access to the City Council – involve the City Council in quarterly “State of the City” sessions (one sector each quarter) to keep citizens in touch with their city government.
- Engage with neighbors to report what issues are before the City Council, listen to concerns, and discuss opportunities facing the city.
10 Questions for Stancil…
- Favorite Local Guilty Pleasure: Rita’s Italian Ice on Market Square – one of the happiest places in Knoxville.
- Favorite Childhood Memory of Knoxville: Growing up in Memphis, coming to Knoxville meant mountains and vacation.
- Favorite Local Restaurant: Too many choices, so much local flavor to enjoy with neighbors.
- Favorite Annual Knoxville Event: Boomsday is uniquely Knoxville, experiencing it from the Mabry-Hazen House is pure Knoxville.
- I’m Rooting for the Magnolia Corridor Project: By making Magnolia a safe, walkable, and commercial area, the “Heart of Knoxville” neighborhood will strengthen our city. The coordinated effort of Knoxville and Knox County (along with State of Tennessee governments and Congressman Duncan) can make this a wonderful place for us all. Vision of what might be is the stuff of leadership.
- One Word that Describes Knoxville: Welcoming.
- I’m Currently Reading: Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley and Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci.
- I Can’t Start My Day Without: a long walk with my dogs, very early in the morning. Seeing the sunrise over Knoxville makes me very glad I live in this particular part of our city.
- Most Inspirational Politician/Statesman: Both John Adams and Harry Truman, leaders who held true to their beliefs and values despite criticism and, at times, popular opinion.
- Quote that Sums Up Your Worldview: It takes an unusual mind to question the obvious. – Alfred North Whitehead
ABOUT THE SERIES: This fall, the city of Knoxville will elect a new Mayor and City Council members (see helpful explanation here). This series is intended to inform our readers on the various candidates – and hopefully help illustrate the real people behind the campaigns. We reached out to every candidate and offered them the same format, and asked them the same questions. Over the coming weeks, we’ll continue to release a new profile (publish dates are determined by who submitted their answers first). We encourage everyone to be informed and make his or her voice heard! You can register to vote here, and follow the Knox County Election Commission on Twitter and Facebook.