Friends gather downtown to support Lynne Fugate

City Council Member Lynne Fugate and her husband, Scott Fugate.

When you look up “community service” in the dictionary, there should be a photograph of Lynne Fugate. The incumbent City Council member, seeking re-election to her second term in At-Large Seat A, already had served two terms on the Knox County Board of Education, where she was elected both chair and vice chair, before she ran for Council.

In “real life” she’s the chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, which serves girls in three states. Prior to that, she was a banker for 25 years, but interrupted that career to spend five years heading up the regional strategic planning initiative called “Nine Counties, One Vision.”

She’s served on a dozen non-profit boards, including the Knoxville Museum of Art, YWCA of Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley, YMCA of East Tennessee and the Metro Drug Commission. And she’s won a number of prestigious awards along the way, including the 2001 Tribute to Women Award given by the YWCA.

Some of us gathered in the beautiful community room at Regas Square condominiums last week to show Lynne our support. Early voting starts this Wednesday (Aug. 9) and the primary is Aug. 29. If you are a registered voter in the city of Knoxville, you can vote for Lynne, since her position is “at large.”

We support her because we agree with her priorities, which are affordable housing, public safety, a dynamic economy, great neighborhoods and equal opportunity. Please join us in supporting Lynne.

NOTE: The views in this blog are those of myself alone. They do not represent the positions of MoxCar Marketing + Communications.

The stunning view last week from the patio of the community room at Regas Square.

From left, Joan and former Knoxville Mayor and Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe, Bob and Melynda Whetsel, and Susan Brown. Susan, who lives at Regas Square, was co-host of the event along with David and Tracy Dewhirst, Mark and Laura Heinz, Alan Carmichael and me.

From left, Doug White, Gay Lyons and Faris Eid. Doug, one of the developers of Regas Square, also has a condo there.

As usual, most people gathered in the kitchen!


Food by Holly’s Gourmet’s Market included deviled eggs, tomato tartlets and two kinds of pissaladi√®re.

Katie Kline and Michael Foltz.

From left, Mark Grayson, Craig Shelton and Scott Brun.

John Gill, left, with Margie Nichols and Bill Lyons.

From left, Council Member Janet Testerman, Scott Fugate and Victor Ashe.

From left, John Craig, Gay Lyons, Lynne Fugate and Annette Brun.

Lynne with her son, Henley Fugate, and daughter-in-law, Ashleigh Fugate.

Lynne’s campaign manager, Emily Morgan, and Bill Lyons, whom she says has been her mentor in her political science studies.

Rosa Mar, left, chatting with Lynne Fugate and Duane Grieve.

From left, Duane Grieve, Joan Ashe, Bill Lyons and Victor Ashe.

The candidate delivered a few brief remarks and answered questions.

She has been a supporter of Mayor Indya Kincannon’s initiatives and of the multi-use stadium that will be an economic driver in East Knoxville and the entire community.

From left, Lauren Miller, Ashleigh Fugate, John Craig, Henley Fugate and Faris Eid.

Intense listeners.

And then — back to mingling! From left, Bob Whetsel, Duane Grieve and Scott Fugate.

Alan Carmichael was drafted as the bartender. Scott offered moral support!

Laurens Tullock, right, another resident of Regas Square, spent some time visiting with the Ashes.

Craig Shelton, left, and Mark Grayson braved the heat to enjoy a few minutes on the patio.

So did Annette and Scott Brun.

Don’t forget to vote!


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3 Responses to Friends gather downtown to support Lynne Fugate

  1. Gay Lyons, on August 7th, 2023 at 2:22 pm said:

    Lynne’s record of community service is truly amazing–and inspiring.

  2. Diana Morgan, on August 7th, 2023 at 2:35 pm said:

    Lynne has always been stellar. The Girl Scouts and the City are fortunate to have her working on their behalf.

  3. Cynthia Moxley, on August 7th, 2023 at 3:19 pm said:

    Gay and Diana: You both are correct. We are lucky to have her. My biggest fear is that folks won’t vote because they think she is a shoo-in. It’s important that all of us who support her get out and cast our ballots. I’m voting on Wednesday, the first day of early voting! Thank you both for all you have done for our community over the years.

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