I want to clarify a couple of items in last week’s April 12 farragutpress article, “Markli spells out mayoral platform,” in which I stated that prior to my 2009 run for Alderman I had never considered running for public office. I was then misquoted as saying “the Mayor (Ralph McGill), aldermen and other citizens practically begged me to run.”
In fact, I did not mention names, and the mayor at that time was Eddy Ford. So the sentence the way I phrased it was “the Mayor (Eddy Ford), an alderman and several other prominent citizens practically begged me to run for Alderman in 2009.” Previous to my 2009 announcement for candidacy, I had never met Mayor McGill and he never asked me to run.
While we at farragutpress value contributions from readers who express their opinions writing Letters to the Editor and/or through calling Presstalk, we must ensure fairness to all Town of Farragut and Knox County/Knox area candidates running for elected office.
Therefore, we cannot publish negative comments about any such candidates in issues falling within two weeks of any primary or general election in which the person criticized is a candidate. It’s because the candidate being criticized may not have enough time to respond.
Knox County Primary Election day is Tuesday, May 1; no negative Letters or Presstalks about those candidates were published in our April 19 issue, or will be published in our April 26 issues.