The Women for Berke Committee is hosting a kick-off luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel on Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m. The purpose of Women for Berke is to elect Senator Berke and engage in a dialogue around family and community issues.
“The Women for Berke committee is focused on discussing how we can move Chattanooga forward in so many important ways with Senator Berke’s leadership," said Pris Siskin, co-chair of the group. "We strongly believe all issues are women’s issues, from education and crime to economic development and diversity. We are excited to show our support for the Mayoral candidate who has a demonstrated record of bringing people together to help solve Tennessee’s tough problems.”
The Women for Berke committee formed as a way for women across Chattanooga to come together to support Senator Berke’s candidacy for mayor and discuss issues effecting Chattanoogans.
The kickoff event will feature guest speaker, Mayor Madeline Rogero of Knoxville. Mayor Rogero was elected to the post in 2011 as the first female mayor of Knoxville. Prior to her election, Mayor Rogero served as the Community Development director under then-mayor Bill Haslam where she addressed critical community issues including building sustainable neighborhoods and addressing problems relating to vacant and blighted properties. In office, Mayor Rogero has been dedicated to promoting a local economy, strong neighborhoods, and a greener Knoxville. Mayor Rogero will speak to the group about the importance of mayoral leadership in addressing key community opportunities.
“We are excited to welcome Mayor Rogero to Chattanooga and get her perspective on the ways we can work with mayoral leadership to move our city forward,” said Cindy Huth, co-chair of the Women for Berke Committee. “We formed Women for Berke as a nonpartisan group dedicated to discussing family and community issues and having a dialogue with Senator Berke about his agenda. We want to provide feedback to him throughout the campaign about the issues that matter most to Chattanoogans.”