KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Despite a large crowd filling the Knoxville City Council chambers to show support for Amelia Parker, former State Rep. Harry Tindell will move forward in the District 4 race.
A large group of supporters for Parker showed up at the city council meeting to ask the city council pass an ordinance to let all three candidates on the ballot. However, city council members decided they would break the tie with a simple majority vote.
Tindell won by a unanimous vote of 9-0. He faces Lauren Rider in November.
Typically, during Knoxville City Council primary elections the top two candidates from each district move to the full election. However, during the primary election, both Parker and Tindell received 488 votes. Lauren Rider came in first with 889 votes.
Parker may still have a chance to be on the ballot in November. Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rogers said a third candidate can be on the ballot if the person is certified as a write-in candidate. He says the person has until September 18 to be certified as a write-in candidate.