Glenn Jacobs, aka professional wrestler Kane, is running for Knox County mayor. The election isn’t until 2018.

In 11 months, on May 1, 2018, the GOP Knox County primary for mayor will be held, and in addition to Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, 59, and County Commissioners Bob Thomas, 63, and possibly city policeman and County Commissioner Brad Anders, 44. Knoxville businessman Glenn Jacobs, 50, is running. Others might enter, too.

Jacobs has lived in Knox County in Halls for four years with his wife, Crystal, and two daughters, Arista and Devan, who are nurses. Arista has two children, so Jacobs is a grandfather. Jacobs was born on a U.S. Air Force base in Spain in 1967, grew up in Missouri and graduated from high school in Bowling Green, Mo., and then Truman University in Kirksville, with a BA in English in 1991.

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In 1995 he moved to Tennessee, living in Morristown. He has lived in Johnson City and Dandridge in Jefferson County. He is running for mayor “to have a positive impact.” He owns an insurance and real estate company on Maynardville Pike. His wife runs the realty company.

Jacobs compliments Mayor Tim Burchett for not raising property taxes and pledges “to hold the line on taxes” if he is elected mayor. He calls county Finance Director Chris Caldwell “a very smart guy.” He is conservative in his political views.

He said he has been looking for more than a year at running for mayor. He said “lots of people are tired of the status quo” and upset “that their voice does not matter.” He has been active in the WWE,…