A strong voice for Halls, Powell & Heiskell

About Chuck

Business and community leader Chuck Severance, who has lived in Knox County Commission District 7 for more than 30 years, announced his candidacy for commission in June 2021, citing a long record of public and community service.

The primary election will be held on May 3, 2022, and the general election will take place on August 4, 2022.

Severance, a Republican, has 35-plus years of experience from sales representative to general manager in the window and door industry serving the building sector.

He is chair of the Public Building Authority (PBA) which manages buildings and construction projects for the city and county. He was appointed to the PBA Board by then-County Mayor Tim Burchett.

“While on commission, I plan to focus on education and economic growth,” Severance said. “I feel like I have the experience and commitment to represent the values of the seventh district well. I will help Mayor Jacobs and my fellow commissioners keep taxes low.”

Chuck and his wife, Kim, a former member of the Knox County School Board from District 7, are owners of two small businesses in Powell. Commission District 7 is in north Knox County and runs east and west from Powell to Halls. 

Severance has been a champion of education and children’s causes throughout his career.

For six years, he was chair of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Halls/Powell. Under his leadership, the club raised $350,000 for youth programs and other needs. He was appointed by Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin to the Foster Parenting Review Board, and, during the six years he served, hundreds of orphans and foster children found permanent homes. 

Severance credits his parents, Charlie and Phyllis Severance, for teaching him the value of public service. Charlie is a former state representative, and Phyllis has a very successful record as a manager of local campaigns. She will manage Chuck’s.

“I witnessed first-hand what it means to give of your time and energy to serve others and to give a voice to those who have none,” Severance said. He and Kim are members of Faith Promise Church.

Severance has been married to Kim since 2013. She works in public affairs for the school system. Chuck is the proud stepfather to Connor and Garrett Sepesi.

He also serves on the board at Three Ridges Golf Course Advisory Board under the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department.