A three-month effort to unseat Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson has failed.
Hamilton County Election officials confirmed a group of District 7 residents failed to collect the required 1,600 signatures to force a public referendum. Instead the group collected 1,179 valid signatures.
"I'm pleased but not surprised by the results," said Anderson, a gay man who called the petition effort bigotry. "District 7 rejected a massive waste of time and taxpayer dollars."
Anderson opponents said they are disappointed by the results but believe their efforts haven't been wasted.
"A lot of like-minded people got to know each other and have a new vision for the future of our district," said George Goss, an East Lake resident.
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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 ...