Russell Gilbert

Russell Gilbert won tonight's election for the District 5 Chattanooga City Council seat.

He received 1,450 votes, or 58.3 percent. Cynthia Stanley-Cash came in second with 831 votes, and Jeffrey Evans finished last with 186 votes.

District 5 includes Bonny Oaks, Dalewood, Eastgate, Woodmore and Lake Hills.

Gilbert, the incumbent, has been in office since 2008. Among his accomplishments, he lists infrastructure improvements to Lightfoot Mill Road and Tunnel Boulevard. He also helped add sidewalks next to schools in his district, as well as a Wal-Mart Market next to Dalewood Middle School. Gilbert is proud of the new subdivision developing in the Woodmore neighborhood.

He hopes to bring a life-skills and trade center to the area and wants to expand early education development programs.

Gilbert, 56, is the food service director at Parkridge Valley Hospital.

Stanley-Cash said during her campaign that Gilbert is not aggressive enough as a council members. She wants more economic development, more emphasis on neighborhood problems and more government transparency.

She also wanted to support local law enforcement for crime-reduction initiatives. She said the city should transform abandoned, foreclosed and deteriorated homes into affordable housing. She also hoped to form community-based small business councils.

Stanley-Cash, 62, is a retired UTC administrator.

Evans, a pastor, wanted more local resources for released felons, a trade or career center in the district and improved public works.


2017 city election results