Well it's over.
I ended the day with a little over 1% call it 2% of the vote.
That may not sound like much to some people but I am excited
What that means is that I was able to reach a portion of the people in my district and that they agreed with me that a time has come for real change in this county.
I am now more convinced than ever that knoxville is ready for independently minded individuals who wants stronger communities and a government they can be proud of.
I appreciate deeply, all of you who made that extra effort to write me in. You'll never know how much it means to me to know that at least a portion of this community was willing to give me a consideration.
I look forward to seeing you all out and about, and if you see me please don't hesitate to say hi.
I plan on being around for a while.
John "Cullin" Spellings
August 8, 2008
Well it's over.
August 6, 2008
First District Voting Locations (For Writing in John Spellings Knox 1A)
Green School 800 Townview Dr
Moses Center 219 Carrick st
10N (Fort Sanders)
Fort Sanders School 501 S. 21st st.
10S (UT Campus)
University Center 1502 Cumberland Ave.
12 (Riverside and Dandridge)
Eastport School 2036 Bethel Ave.
13 (Chilhowee Hills)
Fair Garden Comm. Center 400 Fern st.
Austin East High School 2800 MLK ave.
Walter P Taylor Community Center 317 McConnell St.
15 (N. Cherry area)
John T. O'Connor Center 611 Winona Ave
SOAR Ministries Youth Center 1319 Connecticut ave
Sarah Moore Greene School 3001 Brooks rd
31 (Holston Hills)
Chilhowee School 5005 Asheville Hwy.
In these final hours before the election I have a few thoughts.
#1 I believe people are ready for change.
After knocking on doors all over this district, from Mechanicsville to Holston Hills, people are ready for an outsider to change things. They are ready for someone who is not connected to Knoxville's political cliques to come in and fight for the First District as if they had nothing to lose. And that's me. I'm not looking for a crowning achievement to my career, I'm not looking for a place to spend my golden years, I'm looking at a place that I call home and want to see improve in the near term for my children.
#2 People are anxious for a choice.
I have been greeted very kindly, with numerous statements of thanks, for running for office as an independent. People want a choice, they don't want to be locked into a party line vote. I have yet to run into one person who believes that we should keep our county offices partisan. It's time to realize that we need to be united in a cause to better our community, not divided by national issues that have no impact on us except to create animosity towards one another.
#3 This district needs new representation.
To look at the potential wasted over the years. To see the missed opportunities. To see how again and again west and north Knoxville gets preferential treatment over central and east Knoxville it's time to have a voice on commission that is not afraid to create a scene in order to ensure we get attention as well. I am such a man as to be willing to make a scene, if it means I can make a difference.
So please, go vote tomorrow. It's time for a change in Knox County Government and I want to bring that change.
Write in John Spellings for you next county commissioner for District 1A
August 1, 2008
Last night we has another forum at Harvest plaza (formerly five points). The turn out was good the conversation was great. There were many people there who had questions about education, jobs, and other concerns about our neighborhoods.
I had a wonderful time discussing the issues, interacting with my neighbors about their needs and what they are looking for from a County Commissioner.
I had a number of people come up afterwards thanking me for coming out and bringing up the issues of limited government, taking on the status quo of our governmental mentality.
WATE was also there and put us on the evening news (which which I was very grateful for as it is another example of my message connecting with people in the 1st district).
The plan is for me to be on Hubert Smith's show this sunday and then possibly on another show next wednesday/ thursday so be ready for a blitz of John Spellings on your radio.
See you on the trail.