Courtney Durrett

Courtney Durrett

Knox County Commission

Commissioner, District 2

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

My vision for Knoxville 10 years from now is a Knoxville where people understand the term ‘affordable housing’ and remove the negative connotation it can bring. It is a Knoxville where servant leaders are able to serve without constraints of political parties and extreme viewpoints. It is a Knoxville where ALL people from ALL walks of life are accepted and heard. And it is a Knoxville that is economically prosperous and all residents are able to comfortably live, work and play in one of the greatest places to live work and play.

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

Knoxville’s best kept secret is its youth. I have encountered many young people in the past 5 years, and I have been beyond impressed. Wowed actually. The ideas, passion and drive they have are incredible. We have an abundance of future leaders, and I cannot wait to see what they do!

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

I would have a city Mayor that is also a wrestler. Talk about strong government (just kidding). Going back to my answer to the previous question, I would ensure Knoxville’s youth have an avenue to be involved. There is so much untapped talent is in our school system. They are incredibly smart (can do circles around me), savvy and most importantly, willing to do what they feel is right regardless of how hard it is to do or if it is unpopular. They need their voices to be heard and to be taken seriously. They know what they are doing!

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

“This is hard as I’ve been here most of my life. So I have several:
1. Giving birth to my children.
2. Having my elementary school birthday parties at the ice skating rink on Market Square.
3. Beating Alabama.”

What is your favorite book or what book is currently on your nightstand?

Spiritually Sassy – 8 Radical Steps to Activate Your Innate Superpowers

What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, and who was that mentor?

Surround yourself with people who intimidate you. If those around you aren’t able to sharpen you, you’re in the wrong space. Charles Lomax

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

1. Stretch! 2. Your mom knows everything you are doing!

Courtney Durrett