Declaring that it's time Tennessee had an average citizen as governor, Mike Knois of Lewisburg has announced he's an Independent candidate for governor.
Independent candidates must qualify to have their names on the ballot at the same time as political party members start running for their party's nomination to run in general elections. The Aug. 5 election is a political primary for the parties, and a general election for counties and some municipalities.
Knois has qualified to be on the ballot in the November election.
"It is time Tennessee elected an average citizen as governor and not a career politician or a millionaire who can buy an election," Knois said. "My wife, Cindy, and I are just plain, hard-working citizens of Lewisburg."
As for his opponents among the GOP candidates next month, Knois said, "Ron Ramsey and Zach Wamp have already had their chance as a state senator and a congressman to make change and it has not worked. The mayor of Knoxville is a multi-millionaire that will not release all of his income records to the public. What is he hiding?"
As for the presumptive Democratic nominee, Knois said, Mike McWherter "owns a beer distributorship and like Mr. Haslam, can buy the election. Are these the ones you would vote for this year for Governor? I hope not."
Knois is against a state income tax and would support a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit a state income tax. He supports the idea of requiring a photo ID to vote and require proof of citizenship to register to vote.
He's against legalized marijuana and supports protection of the people's right to purchase health care coverage of their choice.
He's for phonics for reading instruction and against "comprehensive" sex education in public schools. Abortion should be prohibited except to save the life of the mother. Parents have the right to home school their children, he said, adding, "I would support expanding charter school opportunities."
Knois is against permitting casinos in Tennessee and legalized gambling machines. He's against re-instituting the State Racing Commission to authorize horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering and says Congress should issue a proposed amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Knois' father was in military service, so he describes himself as having been "a military brat" as his father moved from assignment to assignment.
"My dad has been a minister for over 30 years," Knois said. "I attended Community High School in Unionville from 1970 until 1977, graduated from Central High School in Shelbyville in 1978 and received my A.A.S. in paralegal studies in 2007.
"Cindy ... [has] spent all her life in Lewisburg, where her dad owned and operated ... Butler Bros. Hardware. She graduated from Marshall County High School in 1975. They met in 1982. Their first date was driving to Columbia, walking through the mall and eating at Arby's. They have two daughters and a grandson.