Knoxify, a blog by Brandon Clarke and Casey Peters, have an innovative way of sorting a passel of local political candidates this election season. Just ask them three rather novel questions on a blog and let them introduce themselves. Easier than hoofing it through a subdivision; less juicy than kissing babies. And you don’t need a governmental policy wonk to craft an answer. (If you do, don’t bother answering.)
Here’s their plan:
The upcoming Knox County Commission election has amassed a colossal pool of candidates, many of whom we know nothing about. The Knoxify solution: interview them all and publish their answers unedited. We’re asking all of the candidates to answer the following questions:
1. Introduce yourself to Knoxville, who are you, and why are you running?
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?
3. What 5 things could you not live without?
Check back daily to see how the candidates answered our questions.
Who are Clarke and Peters? Well, they co-founded a group called the Young Professionals of Knoxville. Clarke was among the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Peters is a project manager at Team Health. They have a cryptic reference to plans for a Ntrospect.com project, but apparently we’ll hear about that later.
It’ll be interesting –and I hope refreshing — to see how many of the candidates stop by, say howdy and answer 1-2-3.