published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson adds city, state to his lawsuit

Councilman Chris Anderson added the city of Chattanooga and Tennessee to his lawsuit that was filed mid-February to block his recall effort.

The amended lawsuit was filed after Anderson's lawsuit challenged the state statue and city ordinance on recall efforts but didn't name either government entity in the suit. The Hamilton County Election Commission challenged the lawsuit and Anderson's attorney, Stuart James, said he agrees the both governments should be added.

"The suit is about answering important questions," James said. "Is the state recall statue constitutional? Is the city ordinance, which is a mirror of the state statue, constitutional?"

A group of District 7 residents are in the process of gathering signatures for a petition that would allow the voters to decide in August if Anderson should be unseated.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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