Rob Frost, a fourth-generation Knoxvillian, would like to see revitalization of the downtown area to create residential and business opportunities.
At 33, Frost is the youngest candidate running for City Council, and he said his youth and energy make him an ideal choice. This race will be Frost's first run for office.
"Jim (Cortese) tries to distinguish himself by saying that I'm too young to do it, which short-sides a lot of people (my age)," said Frost, who holds three bachelor's degrees from the University of Tennessee and a law degree from Tulane University.
The candidate also boasts great "adaptability" and more open-mindedness over his opponent, along with an understanding of the issues and initiative to "do his homework."
"By practicing law you have to learn quickly to put yourself in the shoes of your clients and different people and learn what's important to them and successfully advocate their position," he said.
Frost said he wants voters to remember the accomplishments he has made in the 4th and Gill neighborhood, which include getting the first traffic circle in the neighborhood.
Frost said he'd like to see more traffic circles in the neighborhood to help slow down speeding traffic.
Zoning reform also tops Frost's list of concerns.
He said he wants to promote renovation of houses that are on the national register of historic places. A former project of Frost's sold shares to neighbors of historical places and invested the money into renovation.
According to Frost, the projects will put about $400,000 of new money into the city.
"The houses were both abandoned houses," he said. "One had a fire in it, and they were wrecks. They were a drag on the community and a drain on the city."
More of such share opportunities would allow more people to take part in renovating homes in the neighborhood and to take part in preserving "something really great," Frost said.
"I've gotten a wide variety of support from unbiased organizations," said Frost, who was born and raised in Knoxville.
Frost also sees his win in the primaries by more than a 2-1 margin as a good indicator of who voters want to see in the City Council.
"The neighbors who have known the both of us for years thought I was the best person," he said, adding that he draws support from people who have watched him work over the years and who know that he is involved.
"I've dedicated a lot of time to supporting my neighborhood," said Frost. "That dedication has been recognized and is being well-received."
Candidate wants change in downtown
Published: Tue Oct 30, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:53 p.m.