Supporters of both Red Burrows and Larry Henry have used voting records as ammunition as the two Republican candidates for Hamilton County Commission seek their party's nomination in the May 2 election.
Records show Mr. Henry, the commission chairman, voted in six Democratic primaries between 1988 and 2000. He did not vote in a Republican primary until 2002, the year he won election to his first term as a Republican commissioner.
He said the important thing is that he voted and that those who don't vote do not have grounds to complain. Mr. Henry said he is a relative of former Hamilton County Sheriff H.Q. Evatt, which is one reason why he voted in the Democratic primaries. But he said he has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate over a Republican contender since Jimmy Carter ran more than 25 years ago.
"I don't agree with Democratic platforms at all," Mr. Henry said.
Records show Mr. Burrows did not vote at all until the 2004 presidential election. He voted in that race and two municipal races this year.
The retired Colonial Baking Co. employee said he was too busy working for much of his life to be interested in the political process.
"I was not concerned about politics. That's as honest as I can be about it," Mr. Burrows said. "But after I retired, I became concerned."
He said he has since become upset about high property taxes that have made many people unable to afford their homes. He noted that he has attended most commission meetings for the past two years.
BROOKS, MILLER APPROACHES DIFFER
John Brooks is entering the living rooms of local residents through their televisions.
Mr. Brooks, who is challenging incumbent Hamilton County Commissioner Lou Miller in the May 2 Democratic primary, said he is using the television advertisements to "give people an opportunity to meet me."
"If you've got 15,000 voters, you can't meet every one," Mr. Brooks said. "So you have to use the media."
He said he wasn't sure how many ads will run or what the total cost will be. At least one of the television ads ran on a Saturday afternoon during the recent Winter Olympics.
Ms. Miller said television ads wouldn't help his name recognition because she has longstanding ties in the district.
"I'm way ahead of this game because I've lived in the inner city all my life," Ms. Miller said. She said her campaigning would include telephone calls, yard signs, campaign cards and community meetings.
Mr. Brooks said in addition to the television ads, he would be campaigning door-to-door and also would have radio spots.
CANDIDATES SPAR OVER CONTRIBUTION SOURCE
Democratic Hamilton County Commission candidate John Bailes will hold a fund-raiser this evening at the Walden Club ballroom at 633 Chestnut St.
The event will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will be sponsored by Dr. Anuj Chandra. Mr. Bailes' campaign blog asks for pledges of $50 to $500.
Mr. Bailes, who is challenging incumbent Commissioner Curtis Adams, said he expects the event will bring the campaign's fund-raising total to more than $26,000. Mr. Bailes has set an initial goal of $30,000, which he first announced he planned to raise by the end of January.
Mr. Adams, a Republican, said the event demonstrates a different approach from his own. He said he is trying to pursue smaller donations in his own East Ridge district.
"I think it's good judgment not to have anything downtown," Mr. Adams said. "I want to have the fund-raisers in the district."
Mr. Bailes said he's had many fund-raisers in the district and that Mr. Adams' Jan. 31 campaign report showed a majority of his contributions came from people who live outside the district.
Government business deals with E-Cycle were not the only things William Cotton and Charles Love talked about during phone conversations recorded by the FBI in the federal government's Operation Tennessee Waltz probe into government corruption.
After discussing state Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, who had just been elected and was vacating her County Commission seat, Mr. Cotton gave Mr. Love, who was serving on the school board, some political advice. Mr. Cotton told Mr. Love he needed to determine "what you are going to do in 2006."
"Or you can do what I do," Mr. Cotton said. "I am waiting until 2008 because you have got your safe term in. That's what I'm saying."
Mr. Cotton had planned to seek another four-year term on the Hamilton County Commission in 2006. Legislative seats come up for election every two years, including 2006 and 2008.
He told Mr. Love that Rep. Favors still would be a newcomer in 2006 and that he should watch "how she acts up there" at the General Assembly in Nashville.
"You got to look at all those doggone things, or you can look at taking that County Commission seat," Mr. Cotton said.
"That's where I'm leaning," Mr. Love said.
CORKER TO HOLD CAMPAIGN KICKOFF
Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker will hold the statewide kickoff to his U.S. Senate campaign Saturday at 1 p.m. at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts.
The school, formerly Chattanooga High School, is at 1301 Dallas Road in North Chattanooga.
Mr. Corker is running against former U.S. Reps. Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary, both R-Tenn., and Lakeland, Tenn., resident Jeff Moder in the GOP primary for the seat to be vacated by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
The winner of the Aug. 3 primary will face U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., or state Sen. Rosalind Kurita, D-Clarksville, in the Nov. 7 general election.
KURITA CALLS FOR FORD TO DEBATE
Sen. Kurita recently challenged Rep. Ford to a series of debates in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary.
"The people of Tennessee need a U.S. senator who will stand and fight for them every day in Washington, D.C.," she said in a news release.
Sen. Kurita said she wants to debate Rep. Ford about the bankruptcy bill he voted for in Congress last year. She said the bill helped credit card companies, and she blamed Rep. Ford for supporting the legislation.
Carol Andrews, spokeswoman for Rep. Ford's Senate campaign, declined comment.