Conner running for council

Mike Conner, Jr.

Mike Conner, Jr., has always been passionate about local politics and serving his community. To take the next step to do this, he is running for Knoxville City Council.

Conner is originally from rural Martensdale. He is a single father who last lived in Des Moines before moving to Knoxville three years ago. Though he is fairly new to town, he has always had an appreciation for the sprint car capital of the world, as his great uncle was a longtime resident of the VA Medical Center.

His current occupation is that of a stay-at-home dad to his eight-year-old Northstar student. He and his fiancé are strengthening family bonds between his boy and hers. Conner has enjoyed the opportunity to spend extra time with both.

As a council member, Conner says he will focus on the big picture and chart a long-term course for Knoxville. Among the top priorities he has heard from local residents are public safety and housing. But he also wants to help chart a course for the former VA campus, expand entertainment options in town, expand the recreational trail, create more opportunities for children and other improvements. Conner is impressed with the growth he has seen in Knoxville the past few years and he wants to see it continue.

One thing he believes Knoxville could capitalize on is to be a hub for college students. With Simpson, Central, DMACC and William Penn in close proximity, he believes it can become a destination for young people to visit and live.

Conner has already begun knocking on doors and getting to know his potential constituents. He believes that communication and transparency from the City government is lacking, but Conner is eager to talk to everyone. If elected, he would work to share his message with anyone, ask rather than tell and hold various town halls.

“I want to make that different,” he said, “give everyone the opportunity to sound off.”

Overall, he would like to make an impact and do what he can for his son and the community. Look to the Marion County Tribune and for more on the elections in the coming weeks. Learn more about Conner at or