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.
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