WWE Superstar Kane (Glenn Jacobs) Wins Election to Become Mayor of Knox County, TN

The new mayor in Knox County, Tennessee is WWE Superstar and future Hall of Famer, Glenn Jacobs aka Kane. The election took place today and Kane, who was the Republican candidate on the ballot, won easily because Knox County historically votes for Republicans.

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Glenn Jacobs, the conservative small business owner best known as the professional wrestler Kane, has declared victory in the Knox County mayoral race.

Jacobs spoke to attendees of his watch party at Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville as unofficial early returns showed him ahead of Democratic nominee Linda Haney by a 2-to-1 margin. Trailed by WWE cameramen, he thanked Haney for running and asked attendees to give her a round of applause.

Jacobs said his decision to run for mayor was initially met with “pretty resounding laughter” from figures within the political establishment. “If anything, what that did was that made me want it even more — and not for me,” he said. “Because what they were saying was, ‘He’s one of them. He’s one of you.'”

Jacobs painted himself as a political outsider and ran a campaign that was at times light on specific policy details. He said he won’t raise taxes, yet he aims to find funding to improve infrastructure and increase salaries for teachers and sheriff’s deputies. The opioid crisis, he said, will not be alleviated by the government alone but by a community-wide effort focusing on education and rehabilitation.

“We have to build coalitions to combat this horrible epidemic. When we look at our justice system of course, we need to preemptively get in there with drug courts and try to get people off that path before they get on it,” Jacobs said in an interview with Fox Business. He added that people who get out of jail need a support system in place so they don’t go back or overdose.

Congrats to Jacobs on the win. It’s not known when or if he will return to WWE, but now that he’s the mayor of a county with over 450,000 people, he’s obviously going to be busy. At 50 years of age, his in-ring career may really be over.

You can watch Jacobs’ victory speech below and an interview with him.