In each city council election since 2017, the City Council Movement has selected a slate of candidates whose values align closely with ours and who commit to a shared platform with the goal of a Knoxville for All. These candidates run as a team, supported by City Council Movement members and volunteers, as well as the financial resources raised through our political action committee, the People Power PAC. Our 2021 City Council Movement Candidates were (left to right) Nzinga Bayano Amani (previously known as David Hayes) for District 1, Jen McMahon for District 4, and Deidra Harper for District 6. Districts 2 and 3 were also up for reelection in 2021, but CCM did not support candidates in those races.
Are you interested in running for city council? The City Council Movement will support a slate of candidates in 2023 and is currently meeting with individuals considering a run for office next year. CCM provides financial and field support to city council candidates running for office. If you are thinking of running and your values align with ours, send us an email at email@example.com.
Nzinga Bayano Amani (formerly known as David Hayes) is an activist, organizer, and working-class Knoxvillian who is devoted to uplifting and empowering individuals, families, workers, and communities in Knoxville and throughout Appalachia. Nzinga, or Z for short, has lived in South Knoxville and the UT area since moving to Knoxville at 18, and is deeply committed to seeing it thrive and be an affordable place for all. Z is returning for a second city council run with our movement after earning 45% percent of the vote in a close 2019 race for At-Large Seat B.
Jen McMahon is an Ohio native, but a Knoxvillian at heart. She has called Knoxville home for over 6 years, and has fallen in love with all East Tennessee has to offer. Jen became the CEO, and Co-Founder, of Century Harvest Farms Foundation in late 2017. Jen is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Jen is a board member of the Loudon County Health Improvement Council, serves on the Governing Council for the Tennessee Valley Continuum of Care, a graduate of the University of Tennessee's Consortium for Social Effective Enterprise Program.
Deidra Harper, a Knoxville native, is an entrepreneur, co-owning Elite Facility Maintenance, and a freelancer who focuses on Graphic Design. She’s also the public relations director and Co-Founder of TENSE Summit (Teaching to Eliminate Negative Stereotypes through Education). Deidra is also Co-Founder of The Women LLC and The Women Foundation, which focuses on creating avenues to financing small Black business expansions and start-ups through crowdsourcing, community funding, and real estate investment. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She serves on the boards of Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum as well as the Greater Knox County Black Chamber of Commerce. As a Knox.Biz 40 under 40, Deidra is embracing her title of business woman and active community leader, focusing on bringing effective change and leadership to District 6 and the entire City of Knoxville.