Tori Griffin-My Story
I am a proud Knoxvillian, born in Fort Sanders Hospital in 1981, growing up in North Knoxville and graduating from Fulton High School in 1999. While a political science major at Morehouse College in Atlanta, a professor frequently told us that all politics are local. Since college, I have worked on issues in Tennessee and nationally, including tax reform, labor, organizing congregations post-Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, marijuana legalization, and prison reentry.
My experience as a White House intern under President William J. Clinton and working on Al Gore's presidential race in 2000 and the election of President Barack Obama have shown me that Washington, DC, is important. Nashville is important. However, the decisions made at home impact our families on a daily basis.
Knox County residents need better jobs with living wages, an education system that attracts the best and the brightest to educate our students (not just test them), economic development that ensures the entire county benefits from growth in our area, efficient and reliable services, and a government that works for all.
It’s time for some new ideas and a fresh perspective. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work for you making our county a better and fairer place for everyone.
I look forward to taking this journey with you and hope you will allow me to be your next County Commissioner.