Erskine Oglesby upsets incumbent Chris Anderson, wins city council runoff

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Erskine Oglesby and his wife Sheryl thanks supporters at his Alton Park headquarters. Erskine Oglesby won the runoff election from District 7 on April 11, 2017.
photo Erskine Oglesby

Erskine Oglesby has unseated Chris Anderson in the runoff contest for the District 7 seat on the Chattanooga City Council.

Oglesby defeated Anderson, 740 votes to 628.

In the city's March 7 election, Anderson fell just short of the required majority to win the seat outright in a three-way race with Oglesby and former councilman Manny Rico. The city charter calls for a runoff contest between the candidates who receive the most and second-most votes to decide the issue.

District 7 incorporates the Alton Park, Eastlake, Downtown and St. Elmo precincts.

In the final week of early voting, which ended April 6, the race heated up when Anderson sent out mailers alleging Oglesby was linked to failed mayoral candidate Larry Grohn, a tea party Republican, and "Republican operatives."