Political Notebook: Boyd to visit voting sites on Saturday

Political Notebook: Boyd to visit voting sites on Saturday

July 19th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd, a Knoxville entrepreneur and former state economic development commissioner, speaks Thursday, June 14, 2018 during the forum that included four of the six major gubernatorial candidates. Russell served as moderator of the forum at The Peabody Hotel. The forum is sponsored by The Commercial Appeal and Tennessee Bar Association. (Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd, a Knoxville entrepreneur and...

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Boyd to visit voting sites on Saturday

Randy Boyd, a Republican candidate for governor, will visit early voting sites in Hamilton County on Saturday to talk with voters, according to a campaign news release.

He will be at the election commission office, 700 River Terminal Road, from 9-10 a.m. and at the Hixson Community Center, 5401 School Drive, from 10:30 to 11:30, according to the release.


Meet and greet set for school board

Voters in Hamilton County can meet the candidates for school board and ask them questions about issues that are important to them Monday at the Public Library in downtown Chattanooga.

The nonpartisan meet-and-greet is sponsored by the Hamilton County Council of PTAs and the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga, according to a news release. All candidates for school board in districts 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 have been invited, and most have said they will attend, the release states.

Candidates will be given two to three minutes to introduce themselves before moving to separate tables where they can meet voters and answer questions.

The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the library, 1001 Broad St.


Brown says Coppinger avoiding public forums

The challenger in the Hamilton County mayor race is calling out incumbent Republican Jim Coppinger for avoiding community forums during the campaign.

Democratic candidate Aloyse Brown issued a news release Thursday calling on Coppinger to show up at a planned forum Wednesday hosted by the Metro Ideas Project.

"Since the general election campaign began, I've attended five community forums to offer my vision for a better tomorrow for Hamilton County. Jim Coppinger has no-showed all but one," Brown said in the release. "This is part and parcel in his stubborn insistence on avoiding voters and operating in the dark."

"I'm asking Jim Coppinger to show up this Wednesday and answer for his endorsement from UnifiEd, raising taxes without public input, and a $257 million backlog in school building maintenance that has accumulated on his watch. He owes voters an explanation," she added.

"As I have been every day of this campaign, I'll be at the forum ready to answer to voters. Will Jim?"

The forum is set for 5:30 p.m. at 1216 E. Main St., Suite 102.


Boyd endorses Mason in District 30

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd on Thursday endorsed Jonathan Mason in the Republican primary for House District 30.

In a news release, Boyd said Mason "will truly represent their best interest," lambasting opponent Esther Helton as captive to special interests and out of touch with constituents.

Mason called the endorsement an honor and said Boyd consistently looks out for taxpayers.

"His example of holding government accountable to taxpayer dollars is one that should be shared by all who serve regardless of party affiliation," Mason said. " I pledge to serve in the same manner of always asking questions, working toward more facts and information to reach the greatest outcome."


Dean opens local office

Karl Dean speaks at the Coffee County Candidate Jamboree Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Manchester, Tenn. Dean, who is the former mayor of Nashville, is a democratic candidate running for the Tennessee governor seat.

Karl Dean speaks at the Coffee County Candidate...

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Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Karl Dean has opened a Chattanooga office at 1089 Bailey Ave., his fourth in the state, according to a campaign release.

"Many of us that have been working with the Dean campaign since the start are excited to see our efforts ramp up with the opening of the Chattanooga office," said Chattanooga supporter and local attorney Lee Davis. "We will bring Karl's positive message to Southeast Tennessee. I am looking forward to seeing Karl win the August primary and elected governor in November."

The new office will serve multiple counties in Southeast Tennessee.


Mitchell touts fundraising totals

Dr. Danielle Mitchell, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District, filed reports with the Federal Election Commission showing her campaign contributions are the highest for any Democrat in the last four election cycles.

A news release said Mitchell raised just more than $172,000 and has $72,000 cash on hand. They are on track to out-raise any candidate since Marilyn Lloyd held the seat in 1995, the release states.

Mitchell said she is "super excited to see a continued explosion in the growth of our grassroots donations" in the district.

"We are also immensely proud that we boast this success without the help of corporate donations," she said. "We feel the tremendous development of our campaign reflects a burning desire for District Three to elect someone who comes from us to represent us."

Mitchell is running to unseat incumbent Republican Chuck Fleischmann, who raised $908,000 and had $1.1 million on hand, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


Blackburn earns Right to Life nod

National Right to Life is endorsing Marsha Blackburn for Senate, a news release states.

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said in a news release that Blackburn has a "100 percent pro-life voting record" in Congress and that her "position on life reflects the true values of Tennessee's voters."

Blackburn said in the release that "The first of our rights is the right to life."

"It is both my duty and honor to protect life, and I have consistently chosen to stand for the sanctity of life and the protection of women and unborn children. It is with gratitude that I accept the endorsement of the National Right to Life."