Bob Fischer will challenge county mayor

Sandra ClarkLet's Talk, West Knox County

Folks on Facebook may recognize the handle fischbobber. It is Bob Fischer, recently retired from UPS and an activist for people wearing masks and getting vaccinated to combat Covid.

I backed into this story. After I wrote Friday about Mayors Kincannon and Glenn Jacobs, fischbobber posted some anti-Jacobs comments. In a stab at transparency, I responded that Fischer has picked up a petition to challenge Jacobs in 2022.

I got a 1,500-word email from Bob, thanking me for “breaking the news.” He continued with the least political statement I’ve heard:

“As I said, I don’t really want this job, but I simply couldn’t, in good conscience, let Glenn Jacobs waltz to a second term unopposed. I don’t think my chances of winning are very good, nor do I see Mayor as the way I can most help this community.”

He went on to outline a platform. I emailed him, asking for a picture. He wrote back saying he didn’t have one suitable for the campaign, but he would get one. The photo above is the result.

With that said, let’s look at Fischer’s platform:

Public health and Covid response: “We cannot function as a major economic entity by pushing our hospitals to the brink of collapse twice a year. No CEO with half a brain is going to open shop in a town with these sorts of policies,” he wrote.

Fischer said Covid mitigation has been undermined “within the Glenn Jacobs cult,” yet some 60% of Knox Countians have gotten their first shot. “That tells me that the majority at least believe Covid is real. We will build on that.”

He concluded: “We don’t need draconian government enforcement and overreach; we need responsible government advocating for the best outcome for all. I think laws and mandates would be counterproductive at this point. … All this issue ever needed was responsible government response. We haven’t had that.”

Labor: Fischer will work to get every single job in Knox County above a poverty wage, which he says is $13.36 per hour, and to get county employees even higher. When he saw school system salaries: “I literally started crying, trying to figure out how some of these folks are even making it.”

Taxation: “Frankly, this county appears to be so mismanaged, that I’m not sure we’ll have to have (a tax increase). If a tax increase is legitimately needed, I will advocate for it. If we can fix things by eliminating fraud, double pay-outs, unneeded positions and corruption, we’ll do it that way.”

Deputies: Fischer will push to pay Sheriff’s Office deputies fairly, as professionals, and hold them accountable for professional standards. He is tired of “kicking that can down the road.”

Republicans: “I expect the Republican Party to ignore me until they can’t.”

Democrats: “I’ve got a good relationship with the party, but frankly, I’m not sure they know what to make of me as a candidate.” In other words, Fischer was not recruited to run.

Where else but America can a UPS guy square off against a professional wrestler for the county’s top administrative job? I love politics.

Sandra Clark is editor/CEO of Knox TN Today.

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