City Council Candidate Forum At Chattanooga Tea Party Meeting Thursday

Residents Who Stopped Intruder With Gun To Also Speak

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

With Chattanooga city elections less than two months away, candidates for City Council have been invited to participate in a candidate forum at the Chattanooga Tea Party meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Each participating City Council candidate will be making the case for their candidacy and why voters should select them at the upcoming city elections on March 5.  With early voting starting a month from now on Feb. 13, the forum will provide voters with an opportunity to evaluate each candidate, hear their positions on the issues and pose questions to them. 

An East Ridge family that was victimized in their home this week by an intruder and used their gun in self defense will speak at the Chattanooga Tea Party meeting as well on Thursday. 

Early Sunday morning, the Davenport family was awakened by an intruder banging and breaking glass at their front door.  Despite Mr. Davenport confronting the intruder with a gun, he continued his effort to break into their home.  Warning shots were fired and ultimately the intruder was subdued by the family and arrested by the police when they arrived a few minutes later. 

Mrs. Davenport and her father, who confronted the intruder with his gun and fired a warning shot, will share their experience with the Chattanooga Tea Party Thursday. 

Mark West, president of the Chattanooga Tea Party, commented, “Given the high pitched and emotional discussions that are taking place in Washington and around the country, including calls for increasing gun controls on law abiding citizens, the Davenport’s experience demonstrates one of several reasons our Founding Fathers memorialized that ‘the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’” 

The meeting will take place at The Century Club Banquet Hall, 3221 Harrison Pike (off Access Road, just south of the Highway 153-Amnicola Highway intersection, next to The Lighting Gallery). 

Please RSVP at Chattanooga Tea Party’s Facebook page (link at Donations will be accepted at the event to help defray costs. 

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