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May 24, 2016

WWE wrestler Kane considering running for mayor in Knoxville

Kane is looking at a new kind of ring: the political one.

The WWE superstar, whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, is considering running as a Republican for mayor in Knoxville, Tennessee for the 2018 election.

“I think the most important thing is I care very deeply about this community, like a lot of people do,” Jacobs, 49, told WBIR.

“And that’s the only reason I would consider getting into any sort of government because I do care very deeply. And I think it’s incumbent upon people who care about the communities to try to make a difference.”

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The 7-foot, 300-pound wrestler made his most recent WWE appearance at WrestleMania 32 in April when he was eliminated from the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal by eventual winner Baron Corbin.

Over his 25-year wrestling career, he’s racked up 18 titles, including three-time world champion and 12-time world tag team champion.

Jacobs — whose character is the brother of WWE legend The Undertaker — was also the third man to win the WWE Grand Slam.

“I could live anywhere, but the reason I live in Knoxville is that I love it here – I love East Tennessee,” Jacobs said.

“I love the people. I think they have great values and I think they have common sense. And for me, the political philosophy should reflect that – to keep Knox County a great place to live and a great place to raise a family.”

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As a small business owner — he and his wife, Crystal, own Jacobs Insurance Associates — Jacobs said he would work within the constraints of the budget and keep county taxes low.

“What I’ve seen in Knox County the past several years is that taxes have remained low because it’s a great place to live. People move here and that helps expands the tax base,” he told WBIR.

“My political philosophy is the ‘smaller the better.’ Government should stay out of the way and let free enterprise do what it does best.”

Jacobs has some competition already, according to the TV station, including Knox County Commissioner Bob Thomas, Knox County GOP chairman Buddy Burkhardt, County Commissioner Brad Anders and state GOP Chairman Ryan Haynes.

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