At the last minute, a woman named Helen Abbott has filed to run as a write-in candidate against Karen Miller who won the Republican nomination for District 4 Seat B on the County Commission. After the primaries, three women were set to take office in September, but the political machine of Blount County has produced write-in candidates against 2 of the 3 women. The third women, Tona Monroe, faces no challenger. It’s likely because the political machine views this Tona Monroe as the strongest of the 3 and doesn’t believe that they can defeat Tona, while viewing Jamie Daly and Karen Miller as weak women.
You may be saying, well Helen Abbott is a woman, but that may be exactly what the machine wants to avoid the appearance of being anti-women. Helen Abbott has worked for the good ole’ boys for years. Furthermore, it’s probably all the machine could find before the filing deadline today.
Four years ago, Wendy Pitts-Reeves was the machine’s biggest political target. This time Linda King and Tona Monroe were the biggest political targets. The attacks against Tona slowed down after media coverage of the chain saw massacre of her signs, until election day when The Daily Times decided to do the soft hit piece on her and husband. The machine went full throttle against Linda King, with Gary Farmer stealing her sign and a series of meetings that appear to be illegal.
Write-in candidates against Jamie Daly and Karen Miller appear to be the latest good ole’ boy misogynist actions of the Blount County political machine.