Tagged: " Local Elections"

Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019

Story Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019

A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia's outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction.

Cooper: Ranked choice not best choice

Story Cooper: Ranked choice not best choice

A statewide organization dedicated to democracy reform presented a demonstration of a different type of voting system to interested residents in East Chattanooga Friday night.

Democrats need a little reality check and more letters to the editors

Story Democrats need a little reality check and more letters to the editors

What I know about babies is this: They pitch temper tantrums, they like to throw things and they spit. As they become older, they push, shove and bully others when they do not get their way.

Judge sets tentative date for Jeffrey Epstein's trial

Story Judge sets tentative date for Jeffrey Epstein's trial

A subdued Jeffrey Epstein listened passively in court Wednesday as a judge said he won't face trial on sex trafficking charges before June 2020, and more likely a few months afterward.

Georgia buys new voting machines amid challenge to old ones

Story Georgia buys new voting machines amid challenge to old ones

Despite legal challenges, Georgia is moving ahead with the purchase of a new $106 million voting system with touchscreen computers that print a paper record, the secretary of state announced Monday.

Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby won't seek another term

Story Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby won't seek another term

Republican U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama announced Friday that she will not run for reelection in 2020, making her the second House GOP woman to announce she will not seek another term.

Georgia election officials accused of destroying evidence

Story Georgia election officials accused of destroying evidence

In a federal court filing, lawyers for election integrity advocates accuse Georgia election officials of intentionally destroying evidence that could show unauthorized access to the state election system and potential manipulation of election results.

With Haslam out, who is in the running for Alexander's Senate seat?

Story With Haslam out, who is in the running for Alexander's Senate seat?

A Middle Tennessee Republican congressman said Thursday he won't be a candidate to succeed U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in 2020 while a West Tennessee counterpart said he is getting encouragement to run.

Judge: Georgia must allow inspection of election databases

Story Judge: Georgia must allow inspection of election databases

A federal judge has ordered Georgia election officials to allow computer experts and lawyers to review the databases used to create ballots and count votes.

Georgia failed to subpoena image of wiped elections server

Story Georgia failed to subpoena image of wiped elections server

The case of whether hackers may have tampered with elections in Georgia has taken another strange turn.

Sohn: Why we still aren't protecting elections

Story Sohn: Why we still aren't protecting elections

It seems the forgotten tragedy of Donald Trump's election and the Mueller probe is that we know Russia interfered with our 2016 election, but our government isn't doing anything about it.

Democrats accelerate election security push after Trump comments

Story Democrats accelerate election security push after Trump comments

Alarmed by President Donald Trump's willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Union loses again at Volkswagen as Chattanooga workers vote down UAW bid

Story Union loses again at Volkswagen as Chattanooga workers vote down UAW bid

The United Auto Workers on Friday lost another vote of blue-collar workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant as anti-union employees fought off a fierce bid to organize the factory.

Wamp: Protecting our elections should be top priority

Story Wamp: Protecting our elections should be top priority

Imagine that an Iranian spy posed as a political candidate running for office — and you didn't find out until after the election.

Unity Group wants no 'intimidation' at Volkswagen Chattanooga election

Story Unity Group wants no 'intimidation' at Volkswagen Chattanooga election

The Unity Group of Chattanooga says it hopes that the union election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant will be held in strict accordance with international labor standards.

Workers to vote in union election starting today at Volkswagen Chattanooga plant

Story Workers to vote in union election starting today at Volkswagen Chattanooga plant

More than 1,700 Volkswagen workers go to the polls Wednesday through Friday as the United Auto Workers tries for a breakthrough in its drive to unionize a foreign automaker in the South.

Defense attorney says Waffle House shooting of officer and civilian was accidental

Story Defense attorney says Waffle House shooting of officer and civilian was accidental

A defense attorney for the 26-year-old woman charged in a shooting incident that injured a Chattanooga police officer and a civilian said Tuesday it was accidental.

Biggest victims of new tariffs won't necessarily be Mexicans

Story Biggest victims of new tariffs won't necessarily be Mexicans

The biggest victims of President Donald Trump's tariffs won't necessarily be Mexicans or Chinese or young urbanites who will have to pay more for avocado toast.

Partisan control determines how states act on voting rights

Story Partisan control determines how states act on voting rights

New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics of the state Legislature.

Nashville surgeon Manny Sethi announces GOP U.S. Senate bid

Story Nashville surgeon Manny Sethi announces GOP U.S. Senate bid

Nashville trauma surgeon Manny Sethi announced Monday he is running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination to replace retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Tennessee Gov. Lee says UAW will hurt business recruitment, hopes Volkswagen workers vote against union

Story Tennessee Gov. Lee says UAW will hurt business recruitment, hopes Volkswagen workers vote against union

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said today he hopes that workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga will vote down the union organizing campaign underway by the United Auto Workers.

Jockeying ramps up as Volkswagen Chattanooga union vote set for next month

Story Jockeying ramps up as Volkswagen Chattanooga union vote set for next month

A new union election has been set for Volkswagen production and skilled trades workers in Chattanooga, according to an attorney for a group of workers at the plant. A new union election is set for June 12-14 for Volkswagen production and skilled trades workers in Chattanooga, giving plant employees, the union, VW and others two weeks to make their cases.

Chattanooga area lawmakers share thoughts on GOP Caucus' no-confidence vote on Casada

Story Chattanooga area lawmakers share thoughts on GOP Caucus' no-confidence vote on Casada

State Reps. Mike Carter, of Ooltewah, and Patsy Hazlewood, of Signal Mountain, say they were among the 45 Tennessee House Republican Caucus members who voted earlier this week for a resolution stating members had "lost confidence" in GOP Speaker Glen Casada's ability to lead in the wake of a lewd text scandal and other controversies that enveloped the Williamson County lawmaker.

Judge won't toss lawsuit challenging Georgia voting machines

Story Judge won't toss lawsuit challenging Georgia voting machines

A lawsuit challenging Georgia's outdated voting machines and seeking statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots can move forward, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

GOP braces for fight as Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run

Story GOP braces for fight as Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run

Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year. National Republican leaders are signaling they'll again try preventing their party from nominating the twice-removed state jurist whose campaign was battered by allegations of long-ago sexual harassment of teenagers.

Three schools in Chattanooga region among 11 in Tennessee to get STEM school designation

Story Three schools in Chattanooga region among 11 in Tennessee to get STEM school designation

Three schools in the Chattanooga region are among 11 statewide to receive a Tennessee STEM School Designation, according to state Department of Education officials.

Hart: Democrat strategy: Divide the country

Story Hart: Democrat strategy: Divide the country

Most polls show Americans are more severely split along partisan lines than ever before.

United Auto Workers asks for removal of hold on Volkswagen Chattanooga union vote

Story United Auto Workers asks for removal of hold on Volkswagen Chattanooga union vote

The United Auto Workers today asked the National Labor Relations Board to lift the hold that has been placed on its petition for a new union vote at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.

Winning and losing legislation in Tennessee in 2019

Story Winning and losing legislation in Tennessee in 2019

Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports betting in the state.

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Voter signup groups say Tennessee penalties change landscape

Story Voter signup groups say Tennessee penalties change landscape

Facing the possibility of fines for paperwork errors, organizers of voter registration drives and civil rights advocates are furious over a new Tennessee law that they said discourages them from getting minorities and college students to take part in American democracy.

Federal lawsuit challenges Tennessee law that punishes voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete forms

Story Federal lawsuit challenges Tennessee law that punishes voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete forms

Tennessee's governor signed GOP-backed legislation Thursday that would likely make his state the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms, prompting a federal lawsuit and protests by critics who said it would suppress efforts to register minorities and other voters.

Tennessee governor under pressure to veto just-passed bill hitting voter registration groups for mistakes on forms

Story Tennessee governor under pressure to veto just-passed bill hitting voter registration groups for mistakes on forms

Tennessee's GOP-led House on Monday gave final approval to a controversial bill that subjects paid voter registration groups to civil and even criminal penalties for submitting too many incomplete or inaccurate forms to election officials.

Tennessee Senate approves bill hitting voter registration groups with fines, possible jail time over problems

Story Tennessee Senate approves bill hitting voter registration groups with fines, possible jail time over problems

The Tennessee Senate on Thursday passed legislation that could subject some large groups involved in voter registration efforts to civil — and possibly criminal — charges as well as fines if they submit too many incomplete or incorrect registration and pay canvassers based on how many people they register.

Cooper: Mining the Christian vote

Story Cooper: Mining the Christian vote

Democrats, with good reason, have frequently chided deeply religious American Christians for voting for Donald Trump in 2016.

Tennessee House advances bill to expand convenience voting

Story Tennessee House advances bill to expand convenience voting

Tennessee lawmakers are expanding a pilot project that would allow more people to vote at any polling site inside their county.

Tennessee House passes bill that could penalize voter registration groups for mistakes

Story Tennessee House passes bill that could penalize voter registration groups for mistakes

The Republican-led Tennessee House on Monday night approved a controversial bill imposing new requirements on some voter registration groups that could subject them to civil and possibly even criminal penalties and fines in cases where they submit too many problematic registrations.

Cooper: Ensuring election security

Story Cooper: Ensuring election security

Democrats across the country try every trick in the book to elect more of their own to office.

Some voter registration groups could get hit with $10,000 in civil penalties, up to a year in jail for submitting incomplete, problematic forms

Story Some voter registration groups could get hit with $10,000 in civil penalties, up to a year in jail for submitting incomplete, problematic forms

A Tennessee Senate panel on Tuesday advanced a bill that could subject some large groups involved in voter registration efforts to civil and possibly even criminal charges as well as fines if they submit too many incomplete or incorrect registrations.

Tennessee counties eye vote paper trail; state stays neutral

Story Tennessee counties eye vote paper trail; state stays neutral

Amid growing national concerns about election security, Tennessee's three largest counties plan to begin using voting machines that produce a verifiable paper trail in time for the presidential primaries in March 2020, whether the Republican-led state requires it or not.

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

Story Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

Kansas' solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state's law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register to vote, saying problems with how it was enforced during the three years it was in place are fixable.

Top Tennessee Republican leaders not interested in trying to resurrect failed party registration bill

Story Top Tennessee Republican leaders not interested in trying to resurrect failed party registration bill

Top Tennessee legislative leaders say they don't intend to resurrect a state Republican Party effort to require voter registration by political party after a bill to do just that did the political equivalent of a belly flop Wednesday and failed in a GOP-run House committee.

Georgia House approves new electronic voting machines

Story Georgia House approves new electronic voting machines

Georgia House lawmakers on Tuesday approved moving the state to new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot, a big step toward replacing the current outdated system that offers no verifiable paper trail.

Electronic voting machines clear hurdles in Georgia House

Story Electronic voting machines clear hurdles in Georgia House

Georgia voters could soon get new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot under fast-moving legislation approved Thursday by a House subcommittee and then by the full committee.

North Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

Story North Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday.

Errors cause judge to throw out Georgia election a 2nd time

Story Errors cause judge to throw out Georgia election a 2nd time

Rep. Chris Erwin finally won a seat in the Georgia legislature after a chaotic campaign in which a judge threw out the first election and ordered the vote to be redone in December. Now a court has ruled that illegal votes tainted the second election, removing Erwin from office Friday less than a month after he was sworn in and ordering him to run for the job a third time.

What you need to know about Tuesday's Georgia House special election

Story What you need to know about Tuesday's Georgia House special election

Any Georgian casting a ballot Tuesday will likely have a more impactful voice than usual.

Walker County votes to return government to board of commissioners

Story Walker County votes to return government to board of commissioners

Seventy-seven years after they turned their local government into a one-stop shop, Walker County voters moved back to a board of commissioners Tuesday night.

Election Day 2018 results

Story Election Day 2018 results

Election results for Tennessee, Georgia and the greater Chattanooga area.

Election Day: Georgia, Tennessee polls close

Story Election Day: Georgia, Tennessee polls close

Light sprinkles and lines greeted voters at precincts in Brainerd and East Ridge as polls opened Tuesday morning.

Georgia voters face long lines, machine breakdowns on Election Day

Story Georgia voters face long lines, machine breakdowns on Election Day

Problem signs that arose during weeks of early voting carried into Election Day as some voters across the country faced hours-long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and unexpectedly closed polling places.

A look at election results in Hamilton County's surrounding cities

Story A look at election results in Hamilton County's surrounding cities

Councilman Brian Williams will be East Ridge's next mayor after a breezy victory Tuesday evening over his opponent.

It's Election Day: What you need to know before hitting the polls

Story It's Election Day: What you need to know before hitting the polls

Election Day 2018 is here, featuring white-hot governor races in Tennessee and Georgia and a Tennessee U.S. Senate race that could either cement or rock the Republican balance in that chamber.

National Federation of Independent Business endorses Bill Lee in Tennessee governor's race

Story National Federation of Independent Business endorses Bill Lee in Tennessee governor's race

The National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed Republican Bill Lee in the Tennessee governor's race.

Early voting is almost over. Here's where to vote

Story Early voting is almost over. Here's where to vote

Thursday is the last day to vote early voting for the midterm elections in Tennessee. Georgia residents also can vote early through Friday.

Turnout nears 300,000 as Tennesseans continue feverish early voting pace

Story Turnout nears 300,000 as Tennesseans continue feverish early voting pace

Tennesseans are continuing their blistering pace in early voting with the number of voters having cast ballots during the first three days in advance of the Nov. 6 election nearing 300,000, at the very least.

Tennessee women slow to back GOP's Blackburn in Senate race

Story Tennessee women slow to back GOP's Blackburn in Senate race

If Republican Marsha Blackburn were to win in November, the congresswoman would become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. And yet women have been slow to embrace her campaign.

Cooper: Return Bo Watson to Senate post

Story Cooper: Return Bo Watson to Senate post

As chairman of the state Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee, Bo Watson, R-Hixson, has occasion to help detail Tennessee's fiduciary story. Recently, he, Gov. Bill Haslam and others had the opportunity to do so in front of bond rating agency officials in New York City.

Sohn: Replace state Sen. Bo Watson with Randy Price

Story Sohn: Replace state Sen. Bo Watson with Randy Price

Tennessee's super red legislature has not had an original thought since Democrats became almost as scarce as dinosaurs in the General Assembly.

Sohn: GOP's Rep. Mike Carter needs another chance

Story Sohn: GOP's Rep. Mike Carter needs another chance

Mike Carter, our five-year incumbent state House District 29 representative from Ooltewah, faces Democratic opposition from 13-year Cleveland city middle school teacher Tammy Magouirk, 53, also of Ooltewah.

Cooper: Re-elect Mike Carter to Tennessee Legislature

Story Cooper: Re-elect Mike Carter to Tennessee Legislature

State Rep. Mike Carter is loyal to his constituents, his conservative ideals and his conscience, and, what's more, he likes his job.

Cooper: In the District 30 race ...

Story Cooper: In the District 30 race ...

In the race to fill the open state house District 30 seat, perhaps the most competitive race of all Hamilton County legislative seats up for election, East Ridge Councilwoman Esther Helton faces public policy nonprofit director Joda Thongnopnua.

Sohn: Joda Thongnopnua is clear choice for District 30

Story Sohn: Joda Thongnopnua is clear choice for District 30

Your vote for Tennessee House District 30 representative should be an easy lift: Democrat Joda Thongnopnua has the heart, the mind, the training and the temperament to help Tennessee's government find common ground for the good of all of its people.

More than 120,000 Tennesseans cast ballots on first day of early voting

Story More than 120,000 Tennesseans cast ballots on first day of early voting

In a state where voter turnout ranks consistently near the bottom, Tennesseans were on fire Wednesday during the first day of early voting in the 2018 midterm election, with numbers exceeding those in recent similar midterm elections.

Georgia state Senate District 54 candidates square off in forum

Story Georgia state Senate District 54 candidates square off in forum

Both the Democratic and Republican candidates in a North Georgia State Senate race said Thursday night they support HOPE scholarships for Dreamers.

Sohn: Jean-Marie Lawrence is clear choice for House 26 seat

Story Sohn: Jean-Marie Lawrence is clear choice for House 26 seat

The Tennessee House District 26 race has been Hamilton County's all-around surprise political contest.

Cooper: Robin Smith is easy choice in District 26

Story Cooper: Robin Smith is easy choice in District 26

Few Hamilton County state House candidates in recent memory have been as prepared to take a seat in the General Assembly as Republican Robin Smith in District 26.

Sohn: District 27 needs Democrat Dr. Brent Morris

Story Sohn: District 27 needs Democrat Dr. Brent Morris

Here's another turn-the-tables suggestion.

Cooper: Give Patsy Hazlewood third term

Story Cooper: Give Patsy Hazlewood third term

Tennessee is in a good place, says two-term District 27 state House Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, although some people may "not realize things are working" as well as they are.

Sohn: District 28 has two good choices, but vote Yusuf Hakeem

Story Sohn: District 28 has two good choices, but vote Yusuf Hakeem

Retiring state Rep. Jo Anne Favors is leaving an open seat in the large and diverse 28th district that covers parts of Brainerd, East Chattanooga, Alton Park, Murray Hills and even North Chattanooga, Red Bank and Harrison.

Cooper: District 28 needs Lemon Williams

Story Cooper: District 28 needs Lemon Williams

Why not hire the best person for the job? asks Republican District 28 state representative candidate Lemon Williams.

Chattanooga area polls do great business on first day of early voting

Story Chattanooga area polls do great business on first day of early voting

With a key U.S. Senate seat and a governorship up for grabs in Tennessee, it was clear the 2018 midterm elections wouldn't be the usual yawner.

Cooper: Lee best choice for Tennessee governor

Story Cooper: Lee best choice for Tennessee governor

Republican Bill Lee is hoping to do something no Tennessean has accomplished in nearly 60 years — be elected governor without having previously run for public office. We think he ought to be given that opportunity.

Sohn: Dean best choice for Tennessee governor

Story Sohn: Dean best choice for Tennessee governor

Getting the vote out this fall for Tennessee's tried and true Democratic gubernatorial contender Karl Dean is far more important for our state than just putting in office another candidate with a D beside his name.

Cooper: Blackburn will be reliable vote

Story Cooper: Blackburn will be reliable vote

We wish the race to replace Bob Corker as United States senator hadn't come to this. Indeed, we wish Corker were running for a third term.

Sohn: Bredesen is honest voice for U.S. Senate

Story Sohn: Bredesen is honest voice for U.S. Senate

Phil Bredesen is the clear choice for Tennessee's U.S. senate seat.

Sohn: Dr. Danielle Mitchell is best medicine for 3rd District

Story Sohn: Dr. Danielle Mitchell is best medicine for 3rd District

Dr. Danielle Mitchell is the medicine to help you never again have to vote for incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.

Cooper: Give U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann a fifth term

Story Cooper: Give U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann a fifth term

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., told the Times Free Press in June he originally ran for Congress in 2010 because he wanted to fix things. He said he now had an "established record" that demonstrates his effectiveness in representing the people of Tennessee 3rd Congressional District.

Early voting is underway: Here's where you can vote

Story Early voting is underway: Here's where you can vote

Early voting for the midterm elections in Tennessee and some local municipal races begins Wednesday and continues through Nov. 1.

Here's which Hamilton County candidates raised the most and spent the most money

Story Here's which Hamilton County candidates raised the most and spent the most money

In the contests for Hamilton County's three open state House seats, Robin Smith in District 26 raised the most money but the two District 30 candidates were the biggest spenders.

NRA campaigns for Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race

Story NRA campaigns for Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race

Backed by the National Rifle Association, GOP Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn pledged Monday to work to protect gun rights and warned that her opponent will support judges who could threaten an individual's right to have a firearm in their home.

Polls show Blackburn leading Senate race; Bredesen camp maintains contest 'deadlocked'

Story Polls show Blackburn leading Senate race; Bredesen camp maintains contest 'deadlocked'

Democrat Phil Bredesen is now battling not just Republican rival Marsha Blackburn but impressions left by three recent polls showing Congresswoman Blackburn leading the former two-term Tennessee governor in the state's open U.S. Senate race.

Candidate calls for forum in District 30 race

Story Candidate calls for forum in District 30 race

The Democratic candidate in the Tennessee House District 30 race has challenged his Republican opponent to appear at a debate he's organizing on Oct. 29.

Bredesen, Blackburn release ads critical of each other in pre-debate strikes

Story Bredesen, Blackburn release ads critical of each other in pre-debate strikes

A few hours before Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen are to meet tonight in their final U.S. Senate debate, Bredesen's campaign is releasing a new ad featuring a retired federal Drug Enforcement Agency investigator who criticizes U.S. Rep. Blackburn's role in a law blamed by some agency officials for helping fuel the nation's opioid crisis.

Two-way race in District 30: Independent candidate drops out, endorses Democrat

Story Two-way race in District 30: Independent candidate drops out, endorses Democrat

The independent candidate running in Tennessee's House District 30 race is tabling his bid and throwing his support behind Democrat Joda Thongnopnua.

Greeson: Today's the last chance to make sure you're registered to have a real voice

Story Greeson: Today's the last chance to make sure you're registered to have a real voice

I asked Sharon Alexander if she was a glutton for punishment.

Tuesday is last chance to register to vote this year

Story Tuesday is last chance to register to vote this year

If they haven't done so already, Tennessee and Georgia residents have two more days to register to vote.

Gift will transform UTC College of Business

Story Gift will transform UTC College of Business

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is celebrating the largest gift ever made to the university - $40 million - with the renaming of the Gary W. Rollins College of Business.

East Ridge, Collegedale candidates gear up for November elections

Story East Ridge, Collegedale candidates gear up for November elections

With the deadline to qualify finally passed, the candidates are set for East Ridge's and Collegedale's general elections to be held in November.

Field set for Hamilton County general elections

Story Field set for Hamilton County general elections

The field is set for the Nov. 6 Hamilton County general elections following the passing of the qualifying deadline Aug. 16, and most area municipalities will have contested races.

Cooper: We're last in early voting

Story Cooper: We're last in early voting

On Thursday, Tennesseans selected nominees for their next governor, United States senator and state legislators and made their final picks for county mayor, sheriff and school board, among other offices. Important stuff.

Hamilton County election day voter turnout 'steady' despite rain, traffic

Story Hamilton County election day voter turnout 'steady' despite rain, traffic

Polls across Hamilton County close in less than two hours, and despite the rainy weather, some precincts are seeing much higher voter turnout than in previous primary elections already.

Early voting turnout in Hamilton County places last in state

Story Early voting turnout in Hamilton County places last in state

State election records on early voting that ended July 28 show Hamilton County dead last in voter turnout, a significant drop in Republican balloting comparing 2014 and 2018 and an even more significant increase in Democrat balloting for the same four years.

It's election day: Here are some things to know before hitting the polls

Story It's election day: Here are some things to know before hitting the polls

Rep. JoAnne Favors' departure in District 28 has resulted in a five-candidate Democratic primary in Chattanooga with Dennis Clark, Yusuf Hakeem, Melody Shekari, Jackie Thomas and Brandon Woodruff running. The primary winner will face Republican Lemon Williams Jr. in November.

Election officials rush remedy when some voting district lines found wrongly drawn

Story Election officials rush remedy when some voting district lines found wrongly drawn

In an election season full of surprises, this may be the biggest one yet: At least several hundred Hamilton County residents have been voting in the wrong state legislative, county commission and school board races for the better part of a decade.

Why you won't see campaign stories here today

Story Why you won't see campaign stories here today

The Times Free Press has a policy of a 24-hour blackout of political campaign coverage before an election in an effort to avoid last-minute allegations designed to influence a vote.

Sequatchie, Polk, Coffee, have some of the hottest regional ballots

Story Sequatchie, Polk, Coffee, have some of the hottest regional ballots

In August general elections across Southeast Tennessee, voters will change the face of most county governments from the county commission level to the top county offices.

Teachers union releases Hamilton County Commission candidate recommendations

Story Teachers union releases Hamilton County Commission candidate recommendations

The political action committee affiliated with the Hamilton County Education Association released its recommendations for Hamilton County Commission candidates Tuesday.

Bradley County early voting jumps after tepid start

Story Bradley County early voting jumps after tepid start

Bradley County turnout took off in the second week of early voting for the Aug. 2 county general and state primary elections.

Mailer alleges Marty Haynes gave Esther Helton a property tax break

Story Mailer alleges Marty Haynes gave Esther Helton a property tax break

Hamilton County Assessor of Property Marty Haynes on Monday adamantly denied a campaign allegation that House District 30 Republican candidate Esther Helton got a property tax break because the two are close.

Cooper: Free Press editorial page endorsements

Story Cooper: Free Press editorial page endorsements

Saturday is the last day of early voting in the county general and state and federal primary elections.

Sohn: Times editorial page endorsements

Story Sohn: Times editorial page endorsements

Saturday is the last day of early voting in the county general and state and federal primary elections. In contested Tennessee federal, state and Hamilton County races, the Chattanooga Times page endorses:

Cooper: District 30 race in the mud

Story Cooper: District 30 race in the mud

We continue to be saddened by the tone of the Republican primary race for the District 30 seat in the state legislature and the back-and-forth allegations and meddling by influences outside of the district.

Polls are open in Georgia: What you need to know

Story Polls are open in Georgia: What you need to know

Georgia voters have a few key races to decide in runoff elections besides settling the Republican showdown for governor.

State, Hamilton County candidates debate [photos]

Story State, Hamilton County candidates debate [photos]

Five of the six candidates running for the House District 28 nomination and the two candidates competing for the Hamilton County Commission District 4 seat debated several issues Monday evening, with some taking more conservative stances on certain issues.

With governor's race, Georgia auditions as 2020 swing state

Story With governor's race, Georgia auditions as 2020 swing state

Move over, Ohio. Make room, Florida and Pennsylvania. Georgia wants in on the swing-state action.

Fireworks at election commission over 'frivolous' District 26 lawsuit

Story Fireworks at election commission over 'frivolous' District 26 lawsuit

A Chattanooga attorney will represent the Hamilton County Election Commission in a lawsuit filed by Tennessee Democrats over the state House District 26 election.

Bradley County voter turnout not boosted by open governor, Senate races

Story Bradley County voter turnout not boosted by open governor, Senate races

Bradley County's early voting numbers for the state primary and local general elections are on par with 2014 election figures.

Cooper: Dirtying our mailboxes, ears

Story Cooper: Dirtying our mailboxes, ears

Every day, Tennesseans return from their mailboxes with a strong desire to wash their hands.

District 30 hopefuls zero in on development

Story District 30 hopefuls zero in on development

Growth and development were among the many topics up for debate last week during a community-hosted forum between Tennessee House District 30 candidates at East Hamilton Middle/High School.

Democrats debate in contest for District 28 seat

Story Democrats debate in contest for District 28 seat

A debate among the five Democrats running for the House District 28 nomination Thursday night focused on how to overcome barriers to progress in the mostly poor, mostly minority community.

Hamilton County school board candidates face off in debate hosted by WTCI [video]

Story Hamilton County school board candidates face off in debate hosted by WTCI [video]

The evening before early voting began in Hamilton County, WTCI, the local PBS affiliate, broadcast school board debates featuring the 10 candidates running for the five open seats.

Cooper: Free Press endorsements in county commission races

Story Cooper: Free Press endorsements in county commission races

The Hamilton County Commission is the legislative and policy-making body of the county, but its nine members must be both accountable for overall taxpayer dollars and answerable to voters and their interests in their respective districts.

Election 2018 - Issues and Answers: Rural development

Story Election 2018 - Issues and Answers: Rural development

In the months leading up to the Aug. 2 state primary elections, the Times Free Press is running an "Election 2018 : Issues and Answers" feature, produced by the Tennessee Press Association, as part of an effort to educate readers and voters about key issues facing Tennessee and what candidates for U.S. Senate and governor have to say about them.

Melody Shekari seeking District 28 House seat

Story Melody Shekari seeking District 28 House seat

Chattanooga attorney Melody Shekari has announced her candidacy to represent the 28th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Area Political Notebook: Black to attend luncheon Tuesday; candidate forum announced

Story Area Political Notebook: Black to attend luncheon Tuesday; candidate forum announced

Republican candidate for governor Diane Black will visit Chattanooga today to attend the Celebration of Valor Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center, according to a campaign news release.

North Georgia recounts uphold local election results

Story North Georgia recounts uphold local election results

The results of two tight local elections in North Georgia did not change after recounts this week.

With change still possible, 8 votes apparently decided Catoosa County commission race

Story With change still possible, 8 votes apparently decided Catoosa County commission race

The midday sun beating, Chuck Harris sat in an oval swath of grass 150 feet from the Boynton voting precinct Tuesday, propping up his campaign sign.

High hopes but tough road for black woman in governor's race

Story High hopes but tough road for black woman in governor's race

She's a Yale-educated attorney and a romance novelist who served a decade in the Georgia Legislature. Now Stacey Abrams has gained a shot at becoming the first black woman elected governor in U.S. history.

Dade County voters reject higher sales tax [photos]

Story Dade County voters reject higher sales tax [photos]

Voters in Dade County again rejected a 1 percent sales tax increase that had been earmarked for roads, bridges and other transportation projects across the county.

Chuck Harris apparently unseats incumbent Catoosa County Commissioner Bobby Winters [photos]

Story Chuck Harris apparently unseats incumbent Catoosa County Commissioner Bobby Winters [photos]

Challenger Chuck Harris won the Catoosa County Commission District 2 race by eight votes, possibly unseating longtime incumbent Bobby Winters, according to unofficial election results Tuesday.

Incumbent Ralph Van Pelt keeps Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court  judgeship

Story Incumbent Ralph Van Pelt keeps Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court judgeship

Ralph Van Pelt Jr. will remain Georgia's Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge after a nail-biting victory over his first opponent in 22 years.

Incumbent state Sen. Chuck Payne edges Scott Tidwell in Georgia state Senate race

Story Incumbent state Sen. Chuck Payne edges Scott Tidwell in Georgia state Senate race

Incumbent state Sen. Chuck Payne's decision to oppose a bill that would have created a separate driver's license for some immigrants did not end up costing him in the Republican primary.

Colton Moore unseats state Rep. John Deffenbaugh in Georgia House race [photos]

Story Colton Moore unseats state Rep. John Deffenbaugh in Georgia House race [photos]

Carried by his hometown, 24-year-old Colton Moore will join the Georgia Legislature, according to unofficial election results.

Republicans select nominees for local races in Dade County [photos]

Story Republicans select nominees for local races in Dade County [photos]

Republican voters picked their candidates in a handful of county elections that were on the ballot in Dade County on Tuesday.

Updated Georgia election results

Story Updated Georgia election results

Polls are now closed in Georgia.

Some Catoosa County voting machines timing out causing slight delays

Story Some Catoosa County voting machines timing out causing slight delays

Some Catoosa County voters are having a little hiccup with the machines at the polls today.

When and where to vote today in Georgia [map]

Story When and where to vote today in Georgia [map]

It's election day in Georgia, and the big question is whether the first competitive governor primary race in eight years will bring more voters to the polls.

Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking

Story Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking

As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will be casting ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes.

Longtime community activist Ann Pierre announces candidacy for District 5 school board seat

Story Longtime community activist Ann Pierre announces candidacy for District 5 school board seat

Ann Pierre, a longtime community organizer and supporter, has announced her intention to run for the District 5 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Education.

Meeting set on poll access for disabled

Story Meeting set on poll access for disabled

A public meeting on the problem of voting access for people with disabilities is being organized by the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga.

District 8 candidates face off in first Hamilton County school board debate

Story District 8 candidates face off in first Hamilton County school board debate

Incumbent David Testerman and candidate Tucker McClendon squared off in the first of five school board debates hosted by UnifiEd and Chattanooga 2.0 Monday night.

Tim Boyd Case: Is it political speech or extortion? A judge will decide in June

Story Tim Boyd Case: Is it political speech or extortion? A judge will decide in June

A special judge will decide next month whether an indicted Hamilton County commissioner's comments to a now-defeated campaign opponent are protected political speech or grounds for a criminal extortion prosecution.

Cooper: Hamilton County Commission could have four women

Story Cooper: Hamilton County Commission could have four women

For the first time in 16 years, at least two women will be elected to the Hamilton County Commission.

Sohn: The people have spoken (at least some of them did)

Story Sohn: The people have spoken (at least some of them did)

We did it again, and the people have spoken.

Bradley County, Tenn., sheriff-elect moving to create transition team

Story Bradley County, Tenn., sheriff-elect moving to create transition team

Still aglow with his election win in Tuesday's Bradley County sheriff race, sheriff-elect Steve Lawson on Wednesday was already thinking about what needs to be done before he takes office in September.

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck praised for service; Tim Boyd thankful for win

Story Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck praised for service; Tim Boyd thankful for win

One Hamilton County commissioner was grieving a loss, another celebrating a save on the morning after the county party primary election.

Rural counties' voters weigh in on local primary races

Story Rural counties' voters weigh in on local primary races

Across Southeast Tennessee, voters in rural counties picked incumbents in most offices contested in the Tuesday party primaries, with a couple of exceptions in Grundy County, where office holders fell to primary challengers.

Judge Kyle Hedrick retains Hamilton County Circuit Court seat

Story Judge Kyle Hedrick retains Hamilton County Circuit Court seat

Judge Kyle Hedrick will remain on the bench in Hamilton County Circuit Court after a landslide victory in Tuesday's Republican primary.

Steve Lawson unseats incumbent Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson

Story Steve Lawson unseats incumbent Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson

There's a new Bradley County sheriff coming to town.

Tim Boyd keeps seat, Katherlyn Geter topples Greg Beck in Hamilton County Commission race

Story Tim Boyd keeps seat, Katherlyn Geter topples Greg Beck in Hamilton County Commission race

A longtime Hamilton County commissioner was tumbled by a newcomer Tuesday night, while another handily fended off a challenge despite controversy and criminal charges.

Sheriff candidates Jim Hammond, Victor Miller headed for general election showdown

Story Sheriff candidates Jim Hammond, Victor Miller headed for general election showdown

The only two candidates in the race to be Hamilton County sheriff marched toward a general election showdown Tuesday night by breezing through their uncontested primaries.

Bradley County voters toss out two GOP incumbent commissioners

Story Bradley County voters toss out two GOP incumbent commissioners

Republican primary voters decided to keep half of the four embattled incumbents seeking re-election to the Bradley County Commission.

Marc Gravitt gets GOP nod in Hamilton County's register of deeds race

Story Marc Gravitt gets GOP nod in Hamilton County's register of deeds race

The stage is set for Hamilton County's register of deeds race in August, with state Rep. Marc Gravitt winning the GOP nomination with 7,085 votes over Randy Johnston's 4,981 votes in Tuesday's primary.

Jim Coppinger, Aloyse Brown win Hamilton County mayor primaries

Story Jim Coppinger, Aloyse Brown win Hamilton County mayor primaries

Aloyse Brown won the Democratic primary against George Ryan Love and the right to oppose Jim Coppinger in the upcoming election for Hamilton County mayor.

Area primary election results

Story Area primary election results

Polls closed at 8 p.m. May 1 in Hamilton County after voting in primary elections.

5 races go uncontested in Hamilton County

Story 5 races go uncontested in Hamilton County

There were five seats in Hamilton County that went uncontested this election year, giving incumbents another four years because they didn't have a Democratic qualifier in the August general election.

It's election day in Hamilton County: What to know before going to the polls

Story It's election day in Hamilton County: What to know before going to the polls

Hamilton County residents who didn't make it to the polls for early voting still can make their voices heard today.

Sohn: Your vote matters today - use it

Story Sohn: Your vote matters today - use it

Go vote.

Sohn: Vote Tuesday

Story Sohn: Vote Tuesday

In contested races in Tuesday's Hamilton County primary election, the Chattanooga Times editorial page recommends these candidates:

Cooper: Endorsements

Story Cooper: Endorsements

In contested races in Tuesday's Hamilton County primary election, the Chattanooga Free Press editorial page recommends these candidates:

More residents turning out to vote early in Bradley County, Tenn.

Story More residents turning out to vote early in Bradley County, Tenn.

Early voters in the Bradley County primary are well on their way to outdoing their turnout from four years ago.

Cooper: Early voting numbers are down, so vote!

Story Cooper: Early voting numbers are down, so vote!

If the last seven days of early voting for the May 1 Hamilton County primary election duplicate the first seven days, more than 1,500 fewer voters will cast their ballots than they did in the 2014 Hamilton County primary election.

Vacant seats heat up Bradley County, Tenn., ballot

Story Vacant seats heat up Bradley County, Tenn., ballot

Cleveland voters will make decisions on several vacant local and state seats in the Bradley County election on Aug. 2.

Contested races for county mayor, sheriff fan hot ballots across Southeast Tennessee rural counties

Story Contested races for county mayor, sheriff fan hot ballots across Southeast Tennessee rural counties

Party primaries across Southeast Tennessee's rural counties outside of Hamilton and Bradley have hot races on the ballot for county mayor, sheriff, county commission seats and other county offices as early voting got underway last week.

Early voting continues in Hamilton County until April 26 [photos]

Story Early voting continues in Hamilton County until April 26 [photos]

Early voting began Wednesday, April 11, and continues until April 26 for the May 1 primary election in Hamilton County, Tenn.

Hamilton County early voting starts April 11: What you need to know

Story Hamilton County early voting starts April 11: What you need to know

Early voting starts Wednesday for Hamilton County primary elections and voters will see contests in three countywide races — for county mayor, a Circuit Court judgeship, and the register of deeds office — and four county commission races.

VW could assemble new pickup truck in Chattanooga

Story VW could assemble new pickup truck in Chattanooga

A Volkswagen pickup truck for the U.S. market, possibly based off the Chattanooga-made Atlas SUV, could make sense, an industry analyst said Monday.

Gardenhire effort to move Chattanooga elections to even-year August, November ballot stalls

Story Gardenhire effort to move Chattanooga elections to even-year August, November ballot stalls

An effort by Sen. Todd Gardenhire to move dates of municipal elections in Hamilton and Tennessee's three other largest counties to August primary and general election ballots stalled Wednesday in a state Senate panel.

Crisis experts say Facebook has mishandled the data scandal

Story Crisis experts say Facebook has mishandled the data scandal

The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, accept responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say that until Wednesday, Facebook was 0-for-4.

Election 2018 - Issues and Answers: Infrastructure

Story Election 2018 - Issues and Answers: Infrastructure

In the months leading up to the primary elections in August, the Times Free Press will run an "Election 2018: Issues and Answers" feature, produced by the Tennessee Press Association, as part of an effort to educate readers and voters about key issues facing Tennessee and what candidates for governor and U.S. Senate have to say about them.

19 months after college, Dade County man runs for Georgia State House

Story 19 months after college, Dade County man runs for Georgia State House

Colton Moore sat in the balcony of the Georgia House of Representatives on Friday morning. Not much was going on, besides some lawmakers recognizing visitors to the state capitol. Still, he felt excited. He looked at the floor of the chamber and envisioned himself, standing there in 10 months.

Steve Foster announces congressional campaign

Story Steve Foster announces congressional campaign

Steve Foster qualified Friday to run for Congress in Georgia's 14th Congressional District.

22 candidates vying for Bradley County Commission seats

Story 22 candidates vying for Bradley County Commission seats

Election officials will establish the May 1 primary ballot for Bradley County on Monday.

Cooper: Photo ID requirement doesn't limit voter turnout

Story Cooper: Photo ID requirement doesn't limit voter turnout

Democrats are barking up the wrong tree if they believe photo identification is responsible for the state's low voter turnout.

Kennedy: Bank box genealogy secrets revealed

Story Kennedy: Bank box genealogy secrets revealed

The ladies at our bank probably hate to see me coming.

Two women found dead in Pikeville, Tenn., home

Story Two women found dead in Pikeville, Tenn., home

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Office are currently investigating 2 deaths in Pikeville, Tenn.

Trion, Ga., treatment plant spills 150,000 gallons of wastewater in two months

Story Trion, Ga., treatment plant spills 150,000 gallons of wastewater in two months

After 150,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into a creek because of two malfunctions in two months, the Trion, Ga., town council will vote at a special called meeting Thursday on whether to buy a new generator for the treatment plant.

No. 5 Villanova beats Tennessee 85-76 in Battle 4 Atlantis

Story No. 5 Villanova beats Tennessee 85-76 in Battle 4 Atlantis

Fifth-ranked Villanova walked into the locker room at halftime facing a double-digit deficit against Tennessee and several players battling foul trouble.

Voting begins in Georgia: What you need to know

Story Voting begins in Georgia: What you need to know

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across North Georgia today as voters will choose a new state representative, decide whether shoppers will pay a new sales tax and determine whether a school board can issue an $80 million loan to build a new facility.

Big GOP tax bill would cut rates - but also popular breaks

Story Big GOP tax bill would cut rates - but also popular breaks

With fanfare and a White House kickoff, House Republicans unfurled a broad tax-overhaul plan Thursday that would touch virtually all Americans and the economy's every corner, mingling sharply lower rates for corporations and reduced personal taxes for many with fewer deductions for home-buyers and families with steep medical bills.

Signal Mountain panel concludes it's feasible to split from Hamilton County school system

Story Signal Mountain panel concludes it's feasible to split from Hamilton County school system

A Signal Mountain committee concluded after about eight months of study that the town feasibly could pull out of the Hamilton County Schools and create its own district if it can overcome certain obstacles.

Cook: How much tourism is left in the ground?

Story Cook: How much tourism is left in the ground?

Like any nonrenewable energy source, our current tourist economy will one day run dry. Past economies prove this death-rebirth life cycle; from indigenous and Cherokee to pre-industrial to 20th-century factories, none last forever.

Roads closing for Ironman 2017

Story Roads closing for Ironman 2017

The 2017 Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon is coming to Chattanooga this weekend, and with it comes heavy traffic and street closures.

Irma prompts first ever tropical storm warning for Atlanta [photos, interactive tracker]

Story Irma prompts first ever tropical storm warning for Atlanta [photos, interactive tracker]

Widespread threats from Hurricane Irma prompted Georgia's governor to declare an emergency Sunday for the entire state, where coastal Savannah was evacuated for the second time in less than a year and Atlanta faced its first-ever tropical storm warning.

Chattanooga Lookouts open five-game series with the Jackson Generals

Story Chattanooga Lookouts open five-game series with the Jackson Generals

The Chattanooga Lookouts open a five-game series with the Jackson Generals on Friday, Aug. 4, continuing through Tuesday, Aug. 8. All games are at 7:15 p.m., with the exception of Sunday, which starts at 2:15 p.m.

Residents complain to Chattanooga City Council about sewage storage tank plan

Story Residents complain to Chattanooga City Council about sewage storage tank plan

Chattanooga's efforts to relieve sewage overflows near Hixson Pike have tanked with local residents.

Greeson: Busy time for county government requires a scorecard

Story Greeson: Busy time for county government requires a scorecard

This was a weekend for scoreboards.

Hart: As Obamacare predictably collapses, here's a column from 2010

Story Hart: As Obamacare predictably collapses, here's a column from 2010

As Obamacare predictably collapses and the Senate decides how to vote on the House repeal, here is a column I wrote in March 2010:

Rep. Favors pulls mandatory school bus seat belts bill off notice for year

Story Rep. Favors pulls mandatory school bus seat belts bill off notice for year

Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, on Thursday took her mandatory school bus seat legislation off notice for further consideration this year.

Demetrus Coonrod rises from convict to councilwoman

Story Demetrus Coonrod rises from convict to councilwoman

Standing before a federal judge more than a decade ago, Demetrus Coonrod knew she was about to lose everything — her job, her two youngest children, any hope at a career.

Young girl playing with lighter causes Chattanooga duplex fire

Story Young girl playing with lighter causes Chattanooga duplex fire

A girl playing with her parents' cigarette lighter accidentally caused a fire inside a bedroom in the Piney Woods area, the Chattanooga Fire Department announced in a release tonight.

Greeson: A moment of thanks for 212 Market

Story Greeson: A moment of thanks for 212 Market

It's been a tough week for markets on Market Street.

Mayor Andy Berke calls on Chattanoogans to 'build the city we want together'

Story Mayor Andy Berke calls on Chattanoogans to 'build the city we want together'

Mayor Andy Berke called on all Chattanoogans to help build the city's future during his second inauguration Monday.

Four new faces to join Chattanooga City Council

Story Four new faces to join Chattanooga City Council

Four fresh faces will be sworn in as members of the Chattanooga City Council on Monday, including one who weathered a media report about her history as a convicted felon the day after her election.

Challengers crank up additional votes in Chattanooga City Council runoffs

Story Challengers crank up additional votes in Chattanooga City Council runoffs

Despite winning the most votes in three- and four-way contests in the March 7 election, incumbents Chris Anderson and Yusuf Hakeem ultimately failed to secure their seats on the Chattanooga City Council when it came down to Tuesday's runoffs.

Both incumbents upset in Chattanooga City Council runoffs [photos]

Story Both incumbents upset in Chattanooga City Council runoffs [photos]

Chattanooga City Councilmen Chris Anderson and Yusuf Hakeem both lost their seats Tuesday night, upset by challengers Erksine Oglesby and Demetrus Coonrod in a runoff election.

Erskine Oglesby upsets incumbent Chris Anderson, wins city council runoff

Story Erskine Oglesby upsets incumbent Chris Anderson, wins city council runoff

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

Demetrus Coonrod wins city council runoff election, unseats Yusuf Hakeem

Story Demetrus Coonrod wins city council runoff election, unseats Yusuf Hakeem

Demetrus Coonrod has unseated Yusuf Hakeem in the runoff election for Chattanooga City Council District 9.

Early voting numbers in for Chattanooga City Council runoff elections

Story Early voting numbers in for Chattanooga City Council runoff elections

Early voting numbers for Chattanooga runoff elections.

Chattanooga City Council runoff elections on Tuesday

Story Chattanooga City Council runoff elections on Tuesday

Chattanooga voters in districts 7 and 9 have one more chance to decide who will represent them on the city council Tuesday — runoff election day.

Chattanooga City Council District 9 runoff race barbs continue to fly

Story Chattanooga City Council District 9 runoff race barbs continue to fly

Chattanooga City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem came under steady fire Monday after comments he has made about Demetrus Coonrod, his opponent in the Council District 9 runoff race.

Cooper: Who's deciding District 9 race?

Story Cooper: Who's deciding District 9 race?

An average of fewer than 50 people per day have shown up to vote early for the upcoming Chattanooga City Council runoff races in Districts 7 and 9.

Kevin Muhammad calls for councilman to apologize for 'crazy' remarks

Story Kevin Muhammad calls for councilman to apologize for 'crazy' remarks

Local Nation of Islam leader Kevin Muhammad has called on Councilman Yusuf Hakeem for remarks he has made about Demetrus Coonrod, his opponent in the Chattanooga City Council District 9 runoff race.

Yusuf Hakeem calls runoff opponent 'unhinged, a pathological liar and crazy'

Story Yusuf Hakeem calls runoff opponent 'unhinged, a pathological liar and crazy'

Demetrus Coonrod, runoff candidate for the Chattanooga City Council District 9 seat, says she's not "unhinged, a pathological liar and crazy," as opponent Yusuf Hakeem labeled her during a Sunday afternoon radio program.

Greeson: Adding some items to the school superintendent job description

Story Greeson: Adding some items to the school superintendent job description

So, the search firm hired to look for arguably the most important Hamilton County employee is having a hard time finding someone willing to take on the task of leading our public school system.

New Chattanooga City Councilman Darrin Ledford lays out his priorities

Story New Chattanooga City Councilman Darrin Ledford lays out his priorities

After taking the Chattanooga City Council District 4 seat in the March 7 elections, Darrin Ledford is hoping the appointment will give him a chance to advocate for reasonable solutions to some of the area's toughest problems.

Sohn: Moving the city election would be win-win

Story Sohn: Moving the city election would be win-win

Hamilton County election officials are right to look at moving Chattanooga's nonpartisan mayoral and City Council races to dates with larger county or presidential elections.

Cooper: Move the elections? Be sure it's what you want

Story Cooper: Move the elections? Be sure it's what you want

We all should be able to agree on one aspect of the possibility of aligning local election days.

Two City Council seats headed for runoffs; Anthony Byrd upsets Moses Freeman in District 8 race

Story Two City Council seats headed for runoffs; Anthony Byrd upsets Moses Freeman in District 8 race

In an upset, Anthony Byrd unseated Moses Freeman tonight on the Chattanooga City Council, and two other council races are headed to runoffs.

Berke defeats three challengers in re-election bid, wins 64 percent of the vote

Story Berke defeats three challengers in re-election bid, wins 64 percent of the vote

Andy Berke seized tonight the Chattanooga mayor's seat for the second time, coming out on top in a four-way race.

Jerry Mitchell beats Mickey McCamish in race for Chattanooga's District 2 City Council seat

Story Jerry Mitchell beats Mickey McCamish in race for Chattanooga's District 2 City Council seat

Mitchell, 62, the incumbent, has been on the city council since 2013. He is the council's vice chair and heads up the Human Resources Committee.

Chip Henderson wins re-election to City Council's District 1

Story Chip Henderson wins re-election to City Council's District 1

Chip Henderson won tonight's election for the District 1 Chattanooga City Council Seat.

Yusuf Hakeem to face Demetrus Coonrod in runoff for District 9 City Council seat

Story Yusuf Hakeem to face Demetrus Coonrod in runoff for District 9 City Council seat

Long-serving councilman Yusuf Hakeem will face Demetrus Coonrod in a run-off election April 11 for the District 9 seat on the Chattanooga City Council.

Anthony Byrd defeats incumbent Moses Freeman to take City Council's District 8 seat

Story Anthony Byrd defeats incumbent Moses Freeman to take City Council's District 8 seat

Anthony Byrd has claimed the District 8 Chattanooga City Council seat, defeating incumbent Moses Freeman.

Chris Anderson will face Erskine Oglesby in runoff for District 7 City Council seat

Story Chris Anderson will face Erskine Oglesby in runoff for District 7 City Council seat

Chris Anderson was not able to collect 50 percent of the vote tonight and will face Erskine Ogelsby in a runoff election for the District 7 Chattanooga City Council seat.

Ken Smith, Darrin Ledford, Carol Berz win unopposed

Story Ken Smith, Darrin Ledford, Carol Berz win unopposed

Carol Berz, Darrin Ledford and Ken Smith won their city council seats on Tuesday without facing any opposition.

Russell Gilbert wins re-election for District 5 City Council seat

Story Russell Gilbert wins re-election for District 5 City Council seat

Gilbert, the incumbent, has been in office since 2008. Among his accomplishments, he lists infrastructure improvements to Lightfoot Mill Road and Tunnel Boulevard.

 Today's city election: What you need to know about the candidates, polling places and issues

Story Today's city election: What you need to know about the candidates, polling places and issues

Voting is underway for the Chattanooga city election.

The Chattanooga Free Press endorses these candidates in today's election

Story The Chattanooga Free Press endorses these candidates in today's election

The Chattanooga Free Press editorial page endorses these candidates in today's nonpartisan Chattanooga mayoral and City Council election:

The Chattanooga Times endorses these candidates in today's election

Story The Chattanooga Times endorses these candidates in today's election

The Chattanooga Times editorial page endorses these candidates in today's nonpartisan Chattanooga mayoral and City Council election:

Greeson: A royal tribute to smarter condoms and terrible typos

Story Greeson: A royal tribute to smarter condoms and terrible typos

And here we go again.

Last-day surge leads to increased turnout for early voting in local election

Story Last-day surge leads to increased turnout for early voting in local election

Early voting has ended for the Chattanooga city election, with a last-day surge bumping polling numbers up a little higher than they were four years ago. But the slightly increased turnout hasn't discouraged any of the candidate campaigns from knocking on doors, taking donations, buying advertisements or putting up yard signs until the very end.

Martin: Beat Berke? Maybe.

Story Martin: Beat Berke? Maybe.

Next Tuesday is Election Day in Chattanooga. While I'd be surprised if one or more sitting City Council members don't get knocked off, I won't shy away from betting Andy Berke wins a second term as mayor.

Mayoral candidate wants Chattanooga to secede from Hamilton County

Story Mayoral candidate wants Chattanooga to secede from Hamilton County

Mayoral hopeful and three-time former city councilman David Crockett would like to see a Chattanooga free and clear of Hamilton County, relieving city residents of their county taxes.

Cooper: Vote your Chattanooga future

Story Cooper: Vote your Chattanooga future

The mayor of Chattanooga and nine city council members will make more decisions affecting local residents than Donald Trump, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker or Chuck Fleischmann. So why does it appear so few care?

Mayoral candidate David Crockett to disclose campaign donations

Story Mayoral candidate David Crockett to disclose campaign donations

Chattanooga voters might know about mayoral candidate David Crockett's stance on high-speed rail and economic development, but they don't know anything about his campaign finances — yet.

Fewer Chattanooga residents are registered to vote this year

Story Fewer Chattanooga residents are registered to vote this year

Early voting numbers for the Chattanooga city election are tracking closely to 2013 numbers, but they have a ways to go to surpass the 7,320 early votes cast four years ago.

Challengers target Andy Berke in Chattanooga mayoral candidates' debate

Story Challengers target Andy Berke in Chattanooga mayoral candidates' debate

The three candidates running against incumbent Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke attacked the mayor for failing to keep his promises, in a debate Monday evening.

Greeson: Slow poll roll for start of early voting

Story Greeson: Slow poll roll for start of early voting

Psst, not sure if you are aware but early voting started Wednesday for the upcoming city of Chattanooga elections.

Women comprise 40 percent of city boards, but only 10 percent of Chattanooga's corporate boards

Story Women comprise 40 percent of city boards, but only 10 percent of Chattanooga's corporate boards

Chattanooga is the only major Tennessee city to have never had a woman or a minority elected as mayor, and with four white men running in the March 7 mayoral election this year, that won't change for at least the next four years.

Mayoral hopeful claims Mayor Andy Berke stifled bullet train steam

Story Mayoral hopeful claims Mayor Andy Berke stifled bullet train steam

Mayoral hopeful David Crockett blames Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke for slowing the city's momentum to getting a high-speed rail connection to Atlanta.

Early voting begins with 6 out of 9 City Council seats contested

Story Early voting begins with 6 out of 9 City Council seats contested

Six out of nine Chattanooga City Council districts will be contested in the March 7 city election.

Chattanooga Free Press endorsements and what you need to know for election day

Story Chattanooga Free Press endorsements and what you need to know for election day

Endorsements, key election dates, early voting, voting locations and more...

Full list of the Chattanooga Times' endorsements for the local election

Story Full list of the Chattanooga Times' endorsements for the local election

In the March 7 Chattanooga election, The Chattanooga Times recommends:

Mayoral candidates clash during public forum at UTC

Story Mayoral candidates clash during public forum at UTC

The four candidates for Chattanooga mayor clashed over a variety of issues on Friday night during a forum at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chattanooga says it's ended veteran homelessness. But what do the numbers show?

Story Chattanooga says it's ended veteran homelessness. But what do the numbers show?

Despite Mayor Andy Berke's claim of success Thursday in his pledge to end veteran homelessness in Chattanooga, data provided by the Homeless Coalition conflicts with the city's numbers.

Mayoral candidate calls Berke's housing policies failures, proposes his own

Story Mayoral candidate calls Berke's housing policies failures, proposes his own

One of Mayor Andy Berke's challengers claims a key initiative of the mayor's — creating affordable housing — has failed, producing only one affordable home since the mayor took office.

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Andy Berke for second term

Story Chattanooga Free Press endorses Andy Berke for second term

The Chattanooga mayoral leadership of Andy Berke has been a mixed bag, and we hoped a strong conservative candidate would emerge to engage him in his bid for a second term.

Chattanooga Times endorses Andy Berke for ability to bring stronger, fairer economy

Story Chattanooga Times endorses Andy Berke for ability to bring stronger, fairer economy

Chattanooga has made unmistakable progress in the four years that Andy Berke has been mayor.

Profiles of 2017 Chattanooga mayoral and City Council candidates

Story Profiles of 2017 Chattanooga mayoral and City Council candidates

Click on your district to get started.

Sohn: The cup runneth over in Districts 8 and 9

Story Sohn: The cup runneth over in Districts 8 and 9

City Council Districts 8 and 9 have a wealth of good candidates this year, and if life was fair, all seven candidates seeking office or re-election would find themselves leading our city after the March 7 election.

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Anthony Byrd in District 8

Story Chattanooga Free Press endorses Anthony Byrd in District 8

Moses Freeman is the third Chattanooga city councilman in three terms to represent residents of the city's District 8 (after Leamon Pierce and Andraé McGary). It's a possibility after the March 7 municipal election there could be four in four terms.

Chattanooga Times endorses Anthony Byrd for District 8

Story Chattanooga Times endorses Anthony Byrd for District 8

District 8 needs the new eyes and perspective of Anthony Byrd.

Chattanooga Times endorses John L. Kerns for District 9

Story Chattanooga Times endorses John L. Kerns for District 9

John L. Kerns is a man who's done his homework on city issues, and he's the best choice for voters with fantastic choices in District 9 where Yusuf Hakeem is the incumbent council member seeking re-election. Two other candidates include an impressive, no-nonsense woman and ex-con who has turned her life around, as well the young whipper-snapper grandson of the late-council member Jack Benson.

Chattanooga Free Press endorses John Kerns for leadership in District 9

Story Chattanooga Free Press endorses John Kerns for leadership in District 9

As in District 8, we have sensed from residents in District 9 a frustration with the status quo, the feeling that current leadership is not bringing about the changes in neighborhoods that are needed and desired.

Cooper: Keep Russell Gilbert in District 5

Story Cooper: Keep Russell Gilbert in District 5

Chattanooga City Councilman Russell Gilbert is a glass-half-full kind of guy, and for that he is unapologetic.

Sohn: Re-elect Russell Gilbert Sr. in District 5

Story Sohn: Re-elect Russell Gilbert Sr. in District 5

Voters in Chattanooga's District 5 should re-elect Russell Gilbert Sr. to represent them on the City Council.

Cooper: Chris Anderson deserves nod in District 7

Story Cooper: Chris Anderson deserves nod in District 7

We have had our differences with outspoken Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson and are certain we'll never agree with him on national politics, but we believe he offers the best opportunity to provide active and forward-thinking leadership for District 7 in the nonpartisan March 7 municipal election.

Sohn: Chris Anderson's record gives him inside track for re-election

Story Sohn: Chris Anderson's record gives him inside track for re-election

Chris Anderson in his first four years on the Chattanooga City Council has proven to be something of a lightning rod, but he has transferred that electricity to his district — and the improvements are unmistakable.

Cooper: Henderson favored in Chattanooga's District 1

Story Cooper: Henderson favored in Chattanooga's District 1

Chip Henderson was one of seven new Chattanooga City Council members elected in 2013.

Sohn: Henderson is still the best for Chattanooga, District 1

Story Sohn: Henderson is still the best for Chattanooga, District 1

Chip Henderson has grown a lot since he won the Chattanooga City Council seat for District 1 four years ago, and even he notices it.

Cooper: Keep Jerry Mitchell for Chattanooga's District 2 seat

Story Cooper: Keep Jerry Mitchell for Chattanooga's District 2 seat

We believe residents in Chattanooga's District 2 have enjoyed sound, pragmatic leadership from first-term Councilman Jerry Mitchell in the last four years, and we hope they'll allow him to continue representing them in the March 7 municipal election.

Sohn: Mitchell is best choice for Chattanooga, District 2 -- again

Story Sohn: Mitchell is best choice for Chattanooga, District 2 -- again

Jerry Mitchell, the 62-year-old incumbent in Chattanooga's District 2, is the clear and only choice for city voters on March 7.

Berke says alleged evidence of his plans for higher office was actually employee's homework

Story Berke says alleged evidence of his plans for higher office was actually employee's homework

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says opponent Larry Grohn is mistaking an employee's school homework for damning evidence of Berke's wider ambitions.

Chattanooga City Council incumbents draw more cash for election

Story Chattanooga City Council incumbents draw more cash for election

Nearly all the incumbents on the Chattanooga City Council hold the advantage in fundraising for the March 7 municipal election.

Today is last day to register to vote for Chattanooga elections

Story Today is last day to register to vote for Chattanooga elections

Chattanoogans who want to vote in the city's March 7 municipal election must register by Monday.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's re-election war chest exceeds $400,000

Story Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's re-election war chest exceeds $400,000

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke dwarfs his challengers when it comes to raising money for the upcoming mayoral election.

Crime tops Chattanooga mayoral candidates' concerns

Story Crime tops Chattanooga mayoral candidates' concerns

Crime has topped the priorities lists of all four of Chattanooga's mayoral candidates, but each has a somewhat different vision on how to fix it.

Mayoral hopeful David Crockett says 'now is the time' for high-speed rail

Story Mayoral hopeful David Crockett says 'now is the time' for high-speed rail

Chattanooga mayoral candidate and three-time former councilman David Crockett says now is the time to strike for 30-minute high-speed rail connection to North Atlanta.

Chattanooga mayoral, council candidates make their cases for election at forum [videos]

Story Chattanooga mayoral, council candidates make their cases for election at forum [videos]

Chattanooga's four mayoral contenders shared the stage Wednesday morning in a candidate forum hosted by the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors.

Mayoral candidates share visions, trade barbs at forum

Story Mayoral candidates share visions, trade barbs at forum

Chattanooga's four mayoral contenders shared the stage today in a candidate forum hosted by the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors.

Election Commission shoots down early voting additions

Story Election Commission shoots down early voting additions

The Hamilton County Election Commission has shot down a request by the Chattanooga City Council to add two more early voting sites for the March 7 city election.

Manny Rico to seek Chattanooga City Council District 7 seat again

Story Manny Rico to seek Chattanooga City Council District 7 seat again

Manny Rico, a former city councilman, has announced his intention to retake the Chattanooga City Council District 7 seat.

Hamilton County Election Commission denies request for more early voting sites

Story Hamilton County Election Commission denies request for more early voting sites

The Hamilton County Election Commission has shot down a request by the Chattanooga City Council to add two more early voting sites for the March 7 city election.

Early voting sites confirmed for Chattanooga election

Story Early voting sites confirmed for Chattanooga election

The Hamilton County Election Commission has shot down a request by the Chattanooga City Council to add two more early voting sites for the March 7 city elections.

Mayoral hopefuls blast Berke on $1 million Erlanger 'stunt'

Story Mayoral hopefuls blast Berke on $1 million Erlanger 'stunt'

Chattanooga mayoral hopefuls David Crockett and Larry Grohn are slamming Mayor Andy Berke's $1 million pledge toward a new Erlanger Children's Hospital to honor of the Woodmore Elementary School bus crash victims.

Hamilton County Election Commission to consider more early voting sites

Story Hamilton County Election Commission to consider more early voting sites

Hamilton County election commissioners soon will consider increasing the number of Chattanooga's early voting sites in time for the March 7 election.

Chris Long seeks Chattanooga mayor's seat

Story Chris Long seeks Chattanooga mayor's seat

Business owner and architectural consultant Chris Long places personal integrity at the forefront of his bid to become Chattanooga's mayor.

Four remain in Chattanooga mayor race

Story Four remain in Chattanooga mayor race

Longtime educator Gail Francis has dropped out of Chattanooga's mayoral race to support Larry Grohn's bid for the seat.

Chattanooga mayor and City Council candidates announced

Story Chattanooga mayor and City Council candidates announced

The Hamilton County Election Commission has announced the candidates who have qualified to run for the Chattanooga mayor and City Council seats on the March 7 ballot.

Five qualify to run for Chattanooga mayor's seat

Story Five qualify to run for Chattanooga mayor's seat

The Hamilton County Election Commission has announced the candidates who have qualified to run for the Chattanooga mayor and city council seats on the March 7 ballot.

Mayoral hopeful Larry Grohn calls for special audit of Youth and Family Development

Story Mayoral hopeful Larry Grohn calls for special audit of Youth and Family Development

Chattanooga City Councilman Larry Grohn, a candidate vying for the mayor's seat, has called for a special independent investigation and audit of the city's Youth and Family Development department.

Jay Nevans announces candidacy for City Council District 1 seat

Story Jay Nevans announces candidacy for City Council District 1 seat

Businessman Jay Nevans has announced his candidacy for the Chattanooga City Council District 1 seat.

Mickey McCamish to challenge Jerry Mitchell for Chattanooga's District 2 seat

Story Mickey McCamish to challenge Jerry Mitchell for Chattanooga's District 2 seat

Mickey McCamish, executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, has announced his campaign for the Chattanooga City Council District 2 seat.

Chris Anderson seeks second term for Chattanooga City Council

Story Chris Anderson seeks second term for Chattanooga City Council

Chris Anderson has announced he will seek re-election to the Chattanooga City Council District 7 seat.

Chris Anderson seeks second term for Chattanooga City Council

Story Chris Anderson seeks second term for Chattanooga City Council

Chris Anderson has announced he will seek re-election to the Chattanooga City Council District 7 seat.

Chattanoogans to see highly contested City Council races

Story Chattanoogans to see highly contested City Council races

Chattanoogans could see as many as 28 candidates between the city's mayoral and council races on the March 7 ballot.

Susan Miller announces candidacy for City Council District 1 seat

Story Susan Miller announces candidacy for City Council District 1 seat

Businesswoman Susan Miller has announced her candidacy for the Chattanooga City Council District 1 seat.

Qualifying deadline in three weeks for Chattanooga elections

Story Qualifying deadline in three weeks for Chattanooga elections

Chattanoogans could see as many as 28 candidates between the city's mayoral and council races on the March 7 ballot.

Demetrus Coonrod seeks District 9 city council seat

Story Demetrus Coonrod seeks District 9 city council seat

Demetrus Coonrod, franchise owner of JanPro and vice chairwoman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, has announced her candidacy for the City Council District 9 seat.

Demetrus Coonrod announces candidacy for City Council District 9 seat

Story Demetrus Coonrod announces candidacy for City Council District 9 seat

Demetrus Coonrod, franchise owner of JanPro and vice chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, has announced her candidacy for the City Council District 9 seat.

Anthony Byrd announces District 8 city coucil election bid

Story Anthony Byrd announces District 8 city coucil election bid

Chattanooga businessman and property owner Anthony Byrd has announced intentions to seek the City Council District 8 seat.

Anthony Byrd announces election bid for City Council District 8 seat

Story Anthony Byrd announces election bid for City Council District 8 seat

Native Chattanooga businessman and property owner Anthony Byrd has announced intentions to seek the City Council District 8 seat.

David Crockett announces bid for Chattanooga mayor's office

Story David Crockett announces bid for Chattanooga mayor's office

David Crockett, a former three-term Chattanooga City Council member and Council Chairman, has announced he will run for the Chattanooga mayor's seat.

VRI 'actually making crime worse,' councilman Larry Grohn claims

Story VRI 'actually making crime worse,' councilman Larry Grohn claims

Chattanooga mayoral challenger Larry Grohn launched a broadside this week against Mayor Andy Berke's anti-crime plan, saying the 3-year-old Violence Reduction Initiative is actually making crime worse in Chattanooga.

Yusuf Hakeem will run for re-election to City Council

Story Yusuf Hakeem will run for re-election to City Council

While the November election gets in full swing, City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem has announced he will seek re-election to the District 9 seat in March.

Yusuf Hakeem announces City Council re-election bid

Story Yusuf Hakeem announces City Council re-election bid

Yusuf Hakeem has announced he will seek re-election to the Chattanooga City Council District 9 seat.

Rep. Gerald McCormick closes door on Chattanooga mayor bid

Story Rep. Gerald McCormick closes door on Chattanooga mayor bid

Rep. Gerald McCormick, has confirmed he intends to stay in the Tennessee Assembly and not enter the Chattanooga mayor's race.

Jerry Mitchell announces Chattanooga City Council re-election bid

Story Jerry Mitchell announces Chattanooga City Council re-election bid

Jerry Mitchell has announced he will seek re-election to the Chattanooga City Council District 2 seat.

Four candidates compete for Chattanooga City Council District 7 seat

Story Four candidates compete for Chattanooga City Council District 7 seat

The Chattanooga City Council District 7 seat will see a rematch between incumbent Chris Anderson and former two-time incumbent Manny Rico in the city's March 2017 elections.

Former Republican leaders endorse Joe Smith for District 3 commission seat

Story Former Republican leaders endorse Joe Smith for District 3 commission seat

Three former elected Hamilton County leaders, including former Mayor and Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey, have endorsed Joe Smith, the independent candidate seeking the County Commission District 3 seat.

Chip Henderson announces re-election bid for Chattanooga City Council

Story Chip Henderson announces re-election bid for Chattanooga City Council

Chip Henderson, a construction business owner, has announced he will seek re-election to the Chattanooga City Council District 1 seat.

Darrin Ledford announces City Council District 4 election bid

Story Darrin Ledford announces City Council District 4 election bid

Darrin Ledford, owner of a printing and graphic design company, has announced he will seek the Chattanooga City Council District 4 seat.

Carol Berz seeks new City Council term

Story Carol Berz seeks new City Council term

Dr. Carol Berz announced today that she will seek re-election to the City Council District 6 seat.


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