Speaking with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero recently for this story, she said that she believes that Campfield doesn’t necessarily reflect the city’s official stance on matters of equality (the city passed a non discrimination resolution this past year), which she was speaking on moments before making these comments:
We’ve had some negative publicity. From, you know, some of our leadership. We want the face of Knoxville to be a positive, open, inclusive face.
Asked what she was referencing …
You know what I’m referencing. Senator Stacey Campfield. And I don’t think that attitude – I’m going to be frank about it – I don’t think that his attitude about this issue reflects the majority of Knoxville.
For those at home, Campfield’s district includes parts of North Knoxville and West Knoxville as well as Farragut and other areas in Knox County. That in mind, it is possible that his attitude does not reflect the majority of the residents in the city.