Former Hamilton County Election Commission attorney Chris Clem was appointed today by State Election Commissioner Judy Blackburn of Morristown to fill the seat being vacated by Tommy Crangle. Crangle is seeking the Tennessee House District 27 post being vacated by state Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga.
In December, Clem left the county election commission after a disagreement with its chairman, Mike Walden. Clem has said the argument had no bearing on his decision to leave last year.
Hamilton County's local state delegation recommended Clem for the post last week after having a private vote over email. Delegation Chairman Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, declined to reveal how delegates voted.
The state commission unanimously voted to accept all county election commission appointments made by 4:30 p.m. CST today.
Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...