March 26, 2008
The Chattanooga mayoral election of 2009 has officially begun (with correction)
A prospective candidate has hired a polling firm (I didn't quite catch its name; something like "OCI" or "OCR") to do some seemingly pretty good research on how things shape up for a run at the city's top job.
I took the poll last evening, and I answered every question honestly. (My answers are confidential, but I'll share some of the questions/statements to which the poll sought a reaction.)
In addition, a web domain name has been registered, though there is no page up yet. (I won't link to the parking lot, due to popups and junk like that.)
The same name as is in the domain was among those listed in the poll for a favorable/unfavorable rating. Interestingly, this was the only** name in the list that does not belong to an elected official (other names included Bob Corker, Andy Berke, Warren Mackey, Linda Bennett, and Jim Coppinger).
**UPDATE: I remembered later that David Eichenthal was one of the names asked about, and he is not an elected official.
It's (update: still) fairly clear, then, who is "testing the waters." Stay tuned for more as it becomes available.
Chattanooga City Elections | By joe lance | 01:21 PM
Whomever Davis Lundy's backing or is he sticking with the Corker/Wamp camp?
Posted by: Mike K at March 26, 2008 09:37 PM
You guys need to get a "celeb" to run. Like the principal from Saved by the Bell...isnt he from Chattanooga? Memphis had Jerry Lawler a few years ago and Buford Pussers little girl is running for the vacant state house seat in Hardin and McNairy counties, Nashville had Bill Boner(the greatest last name for a democrat pol of all time). So I think its about time Chattanooga got in on all the fun.
Posted by: dan t at March 27, 2008 12:05 PM
Irvin Overton more than likely will not run for Mayor in 2009 not because of age or desire, because he has moved out of the city limits. He currently resides in the upscale Mountain Shadows subdivision, right outside of District 4(Councilman Benson). As does Davis Lundy, right down the street from Overton. Count those two out. David Eichenthal is probably all but considering. Corker's Chief Financial Officer would definely have the blessing of the Power Structure. I would think with a year to the election, there should be about 3-6 "potentials". I leave you to think about this one: Is Chattanooga like the United Stetes, ready for a African American or Woman Mayor?
Posted by: Harold at April 7, 2008 04:56 PM