published Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Who might run for Chattanooga mayor?

he quickest route ever to becoming Chattanooga mayor could open this week if the Hamilton County Election Commission certifies petitions for the first mayoral recall in Chattanooga’s history.

If there's going to be a recall election, potential candidates will have only until Sept. 9 to qualify and early voting will begin Oct. 13.

Littlefield's spokesman said the mayor will certainly run if an election is held. Some other area elected officials, including City Councilman Andrae McGary and County Commissioner Jim Coppinger, haven't ruled out races.

“We have never had an election like this before and, with such a short campaign period and no runoff, I would expect there will be a flood of candidates,” said Rick Wilson, a professor of political science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a former Hamilton County election commissioner.

See Sunday's Times Free Press for complete coverage.

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Tax_Payer said...

How about Zack Wamp running for mayor?

August 28, 2010 at 10:38 p.m.
harrystatel said...

Zack Wamp? We're fortunate he's gone from Congress. Why inflict him on Chattanooga? He's connected to Littlefield.

Dan Johnson, Littlefield's Chief-of-Staff was also Wamp's Treasurer for Zach's campaign for governor.

That's part of the reason for getting rid of Littlefield. In essence, Littlefield (Democrat) allowed Dan Johnson (Republican) to work for Wamp (Republican) while on the City's dime. Democrats, Republicans — it makes no difference; it's about the power.

Littlefield and Wamp are cut from the same cloth; only difference is Littlefield has more hair.

Harry Statel

August 28, 2010 at 11:32 p.m.
notlittletommy said...

Dear God, not Andrae McGary. He said just last week on the radio that this was just a rumor. Is it a rumor, or did he lie? Keep him out. But if he gets in, please pay for his way to take some classes to learn how to speak the English language. He butchers words and phrases more than any other elected official in this city. He has used his platform on the radio to promote the recall of Mayor Littlefield. Anyone who listens to that station that has half a brain can see what is happening. Please, please, please...don't elect Mr. McGary if it comes to that. Let him instead continue to entertain us with his astounding vocabulary.

August 29, 2010 at 3:34 a.m.
Thinker said...

The more people that enter the race, the better the chance for Littlefield to win again. Those who want to keep Littlefield will all vote for the same candidate, but those who are in favor of the recall will spread their votes accross a plethora of candidates and they may be spreading themselves too thin. In order to have the outcome they are looking for, the fewer the candidates the better the chance.

August 29, 2010 at 9:12 a.m.
harrystatel said...

Thinker, You are correct.

Don't forget that Littlefield and his people will be behind the scene supporting others who run to split the anti-Littlefield vote.

Littlefield will have a difficult time if only one candidate runs against him.

Therefore, watch those who "throw" their hats into the ring. Examine them as closely as Littlefield, whether Democrat, Republican, or independent.

Harry Statel

August 29, 2010 at 9:45 a.m.
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