Jerrold Jordan is seeking election to the Knoxville City Council.
Jordan came to Knoxville in 1961, after graduating from Drake Law School. He began practicing law with Carol Johnson.
In 1987, Gov. Terry Branstad appointed him to be a district judge. For the next 16 years, he performed those duties full time in the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Marion, Polk and 14 other counties. He worked part-time as a judge for six more years.
Jordan joined the Knoxville Rotary Club in 1964, but had to step away after being appointed to the bench. His schedule did not allow him to meet attendance requirements. Upon his retirement, he came back to the club.
He is running for council because he is interested in City affairs. As a longtime resident, he has put three children through the Knoxville School District. Knoxville has some important to decisions to make in the next few years, and Jordan would like to be a part of it.
Among those is the future of the former VA campus. If and when the City and County gain control of the land, there will be many ramifications.
Jordan believes that the land will provide an opportunity for Knoxville to improve its housing offerings. The land can also provide opportunities for business growth and development.
“There is ample room for large development,” Jordan said.
He believes he would be a good representative on the council because of his background in governmental affairs. Currently, he is a member of the Knoxville Leadership Academy to brush up on City affairs and procedures.
This is the first time he has run for city council, though recently he submitted his name to be considered for appointment to the seat Cal Stephens was last elected to. The only office Jordan has run for has been judicial.
Jordan praised the current progress the City has made on things such as sidewalks and roads. He thinks the City has done a great job with them and he would work to continue to improve the town and keep the public safe.
Jordan is married. They have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.