Joelton business owner Ken Jakes, campaigning largely as a pro-fairgrounds, government-skeptic candidate, is the latest Metro Council at-large contender to go on television.
Jakes told The City Paper Tuesday he’s paid for three different television advertisements, totaling “833 spots.” They began airing earlier this week. He said he couldn’t recall the exact number of dollars he paid for the television time.
“In one of them, I talk about bringing business sense and common sense back to the council,” Jakes said. “That’s something that’s been missing. And then I also talk about the fairgrounds.”
Jakes, who lost as a district candidate four years ago, said in the commercial he urges citizens to vote for ratification of a proposed Metro Charter amendment that would keep the status quo at the 117-acre fairgrounds property.
“The language on this ballot is confusing for some people,” he said.
Jakes is one of several candidates looking to break into a field of five incumbent at-large members who are all seeking re-election: Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine and Charlie Tygard.
Barry, Garrett, Steine and attorney Renard Francois have also unveiled television commercials.