Update: Elizabeth Derwort submitted a more refined version of Mr. McMillan’s answers to us today. She stated: “For some reason I attached the wrong one and sent you the rough draft with spelling errors. I have attached the corrected document in hopes that you would be able to repost it. This is our error and not Mr. McMillans. We typed and sent the document for him, and failed to send the right one. I would hate for our error to negatively effect Mr. McMillan in any way. Could you please reply back or give me a call at the number listed below to let me know if this is possible?” The changes are reflected below.
Our 32nd interview has been conducted with Mike McMillan seeking your vote for Knox County Clerk.
1. Introduce yourself to Knoxville, who are you, and why are you running?
My name is Mike McMillan and I live in East Knox County on land settled by my ancestors before Tennessee became a state. I have a degree in political science and a Masters in Education from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. I have taught at Gibbs High School for more than 30 years. I am a former County Commissioner dealing with more than a decade of Knox County budgets. I have seen the legislative side of local government and decided that I would like to be a part of the administrative side. Given the present circumstances in Knox County, the candidates for the office and my qualifications, it became even more apparent that citizens needed someone who had a record of trust. I also believe I am the best person to improve employee morale while offering the best services possible. I will require proof of the wheel tax exemption which is not being done at present. I am not a part of any previous administration or any present political faction.
2. We think it’s better knowing what not to do rather than having an extensive plan. What areas or interests would benefit Knox County not to venture into?
A) A) Knox County official should try to stay away from the bickering and individual attacks as much as possible and work together for the benefit of the citizens.
B) Nepotism should be avoided in the future and diminished as much as possible now.
3. What 5 things could you not live without?
1. Family and friends.
2. The ability to obtain new information and interact with others.
3. My life in a rural setting with all the animals, including the wildlife.
5. Hope for life to better for the next generation.