Third District candidate Bedford Chapman said he feels he can relate to University of Tennessee students because he used to be one.
Chapman studied architecture for a year at UT until he changed his major and headed to Lincoln Memorial University, where he earned his bachelor's in business administration.
"I needed a change," he said. "I lived in Knoxville all of my life and I wanted to get outside for awhile."
Chapman said his major concern for UT students is the job market in Knoxville. He said he would like to establish higher paying jobs to keep students in town.
"When students get out of school where are they going to get a job at?" Chapman asked. "They're not staying here."
Chapman said the key to economic development is not to rely too heavily on one industry, but to expand its regions across the board.
He said recruiting would help bring these industries in and help keep them here.
"We need to have one direction to see Knoxville grow," Chapman said.
One relationship that could be nourished more is the one between UT and Knoxville, he said.
"It's not always an inclusive environment between UT, the city and the county," he said. "It's up to the city to provide a bit back."
The candidate said he feels that UT is almost a separate city on its own and there are "invisible boundaries" up between UT and Knoxville.
"They're talking about redeveloping downtown," Chapman said. "We need to remember UT students will be a big part of that."
Chapman said students are important in other ways beside property tax.
"UT students may not contribute a lot on property tax," he said. "But they contribute a whole lot on sales tax."
Chapman said if he's elected, one step he would like to take is to talk with faculty, SGA and other organizational groups on campus.
"I would really like to see us create a dialogue between us," Chapman said.
He said he supports issues important to UT, such as saving historic homes in the Fort Sanders area.
If some of the homes fall into a dilapidated condition he would like to see other options available, he said.
Chapman said one way to do this would be to ensure that apartment buildings that are placed in the neighborhood would "flow with the neighborhood," instead of placing in box apartments. Chapman said the theme of his term as council member would be one of including students.
"Our government is based on one of inclusiveness," Chapman said. "Not exclusiveness."