Attempt to recall Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson fails

Attempt to recall Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson fails

May 7th, 2014 by Joy Lukachick Smith in Local Regional News

Chris Anderson

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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.

Contact staff writer Joy Lukachick at jlukachick@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6659.