published Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

There's no reason to recall Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield

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Should the recall effort for Mayor Littlefield proceed?

Mayors of Chattanooga are elected to four-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

Mayor Ron Littlefield has been elected by our people twice consecutively, so he will not be in the next regular election, on March 2, 2013.

Public officials naturally have both supporters and critics. But there having been no action by the mayor so serious as to justify his removal before the expiration of his elected term, it is unfortunate that his critics are seeking to recall him. A recall election is set for next August.

Now questions have arisen over whether the city charter requires the City Council to adopt a resolution removing Littlefield from office -- a move the mayor says he would fight and that the council seems extremely reluctant to undertake in any event.

It's still uncertain, given legal challenges, whether the recall election itself will even take place.

The preferable course would be for Chattanooga voters to elect a new mayor in the next regular city election.

In the meantime, Chattanoogans obviously need not apologize for urging the mayor and members of the council to enact specific policies -- and for speaking up when they disagree with any particular action by the city's leaders.

But a bruising, drawn-out recall battle over what appear to be mainly policy differences does not bode well for Chattanooga.

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nucanuck said...

As someone close to the heartbeat of Chattanooga for many years, I would place Ron Littlefield near the bottom in vision and positive impact among our Mayors over the last four decades.

As mediocre (and worse) as he has been, we would be better off to focus on positives and work to get a better Mayor next time. Recall is a disruptive diversion that has little chance of benefiting the city as a whole.

November 23, 2011 at 1:18 a.m.
Emersization said...

In Chattanooga, Mayor Littlefeild's popularity rating is below Barack Obama, and even low as Eric Holder, of the Justice Department. Mayor Littlefeild abused his authority, and continues to do so as I type this comment!

November 23, 2011 at 5:31 a.m.
mack11 said...

I do not live in Chattanooga but rather just across the state line. However I do work in Chattanooga so I have watched the recall efforts these past few years with amazement. It seems to me that the recall effort has in fact kept the Mayor pre-occupied with something other than running the city and in the end, even if it happens, it will happen just a short time before the next mayor would take office. As an outsider working in Chattanooga I have seen nothing positive come from the recall efforts.

November 23, 2011 at 7:32 a.m.
Carl said...

Actually it bodes quite well for Chattanooga showing we are an engaged and concerned community. Rather than sit back and patiently wait term expiration we care enough to take action.

November 23, 2011 at 9:08 a.m.
PinkSalmon said...

nucanuck said... As someone close to the heartbeat of Chattanooga for many years, I would place Ron Littlefield near the bottom in vision and positive impact among our Mayors over the last four decades

You must not have been too close to the heartbeat of Chattanooga. To imply that previous mayors over the last four decades were above board is laughable. One in the particular was well known in Chattanooga and most everywhere else as ____The CROOK. You can fill in the blank. As most any prior name will fit. LOL!

Which ever way this recall turns out, it will leave a dark cloud hanging over the city for a very long time.

However, I do agree with you on this take: "Recall is a disruptive diversion that has little chance of benefiting the city as a whole."

November 23, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.
Walden said...

Could someone please concisely and coherently explain to us why you hate this guy so much? I don't have a dime in this dollar, but I am curious. Thanks

November 23, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
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