September 25, 2008
New developments in Chattanooga municipal elections
Chattanooga elections, meet social networking and viral "marketing."
An anonymously authored email message began circulating this morning that asks its recipients to consider running for mayor of Chattanooga, and to show up en masse at Hamilton County Election Commission headquarters to pick up the necessary qualifying papers.
Scenic City-centric Web site Chattarati picked up the story, and ran a brief post earlier today. They also published the full text of the email, which states "if you believe that Chattanooga needs uncommon leadership for unprecedented times, it is your civic duty to join other concerned citizens in running for mayor."
Already there have been a few announcements on Twitter by micro-bloggers stating their intent to join the effort. TennesseeTicket will continue to bring you updates on this developing story.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported today that Scott Seagle has picked up qualifying petition in the race as well. The Election Commission will decide in the near future whether Rob Healy, who has turned in his completed forms, was a qualified resident of the city in time to participate in the March 2009 elections.
Elections for the City Council will also take place in March. Two individuals have picked up papers for the District 1 seat currently held by Linda Bennett. No other challenges are known.
There is a candidate forum tonight that will allow Brainerd voters to vet the two men running for the District 5 seat formerly held by John "Duke" Franklin, Jr. Those candidates are Russell Gilbert and Joe Rowe. The forum is at 6:00 (the event starts earlier) at the Friendship Community Church just off Brainerd Road at N Tuxedo Ave. The winner of the November 4 special election will have to quickly re-qualify by December 18 to be in the March election.
In other electoral news, Mayor Ron Littlefield is involved in an event aimed at increasing the number of young people that vote. An announcement today by the Department of Education, Arts and Culture (which was created by Littlefield after he took office in April 2005) states that a television ad campaign is being launched that will feature area teens in one of its spots. The ad campaign is targeting the November 4 general election.
Chattanooga City Elections | By joe lance | 2:09 PM