By Mike McCosker | United States
Thursday May 3, 2018, at 1:30pm, Glenn Jacobs, more commonly known by his WWE ring name, Kane, won the Republican nomination for mayor, in Knox County Tennessee. Voting took place in the county on Tuesday, but all votes were tallied, and results were officially released Thursday.
This may proverbially seal the deal for the 51 year old former WWE Superstar, as Knox County has historically voted Republican in almost all elections. The race was tough for Jacobs, and his main opposition to the seat, Commissioner Brad Anders, was only 17 votes behind. 1
Jacobs has been wrestling for the WWF/WWE since 1995, and has been one of the company’s mainstays since donning the moniker of Kane in 1997. 2 At this time, it is not clear if Jacob’s winning the nomination means that the character of Kane will continue to wrestle, or if he will retire from the WWE. Jacobs last performed for the WWE at WrestleMania 34, and lasted until the final four. 3
For the past few years Jacobs has become very involved in the Knox Country area. He built a business, Jacobs Insurance Associates, champions the Kindness Revolution, a national anti-bullying initiative, and created Kane’s Crusaders, a non-profit organization that desires to “bring joy to the chronically ill teenagers of East Tennessee.” 4
The good news about Jacobs joining the political cult of personality, is that he has described himself as a conservative libertarian. On his campaign website, Jacobs condenses his political opinions when he said, “We understand that hard work, ability, and the willingness to succeed should be rewarded and encouraged. We understand that people should enjoy the fruits of their labor, not see their efforts wiped out by high taxes. We understand that the free enterprise system—the greatest wealth producing machine the world has ever known—shouldn’t be crippled by over-regulation, but it should be unleashed so that the American Dream is available to everyone.” 4