Sohn: For Chattanooga council, vote for Jenny Hill and Isiah Hester

Staff Photo by C.B. Schmelter / A bottle of hand sanitizer sits next to a voting partition at Mountain Creek Church of Christ on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Each of Chattanooga's nine council members represent thousands of residents in hundreds of neighborhoods sprawled across our city's 144.6 square miles.

Votes in all nine of our council districts are vital because even while Chattanooga has a strong mayor form of government, we've seen over the years that our city council has plenty of sway - sometimes helpful and sometimes not.

This year, seven of our nine districts had competitive races with only two incumbents, Chip Henderson and Carol Berz, being unopposed. In March, the re-elections of four others - Ken Smith, Darrin Ledford, Anthony Byrd and Demetrus Coonrod - give the council a solid quorum of experience. One newcomer, District 7's Raquetta Dotley, was elected outright.

Come Tuesday, voters have an opportunity to choose two more newcomers.

In District 2, Hamilton County Board of Education Member Jenny Hill and business owner Thomas Lee are competing for the seat of retiring Councilman Jerry Mitchell.