Jerry Mitchell Will Represent All Of District 2 - And Response (2)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It’s sad but true. In today’s world, most are turned off by the word “politician.” And it doesn’t help when our elected officials turn out to be folks who do not serve all citizens. It seems to me that what we seek are community leaders who are inclusive of all; leaders who will truly listen, care and work hard to find solutions to our concerns.  

In District 2, we have such a leader seeking to represent all citizens of the district – and that leader is Jerry Mitchell. Jerry not only has the experience of having served as Parks and Recreation director for both Mayors Kinsey and Corker, but he will work with both sides of the political aisle and across all demographics to make a difference for our community.

I am a lifelong resident of District 2. I have seen our area grow and prosper, and I love the diversity of our district. Even though we may be different, I know we all share the same concerns such as crime in our neighborhoods and having a strong local economy. Jerry shares those concerns too and I believe that’s why he’s running for City Council. Not only will he address these issues head-on, but he will also seek to engage citizens throughout the process, keeping us informed and involved in the decision-making.   

This March election gives Chattanooga a fresh start and we want a City Council who will work with our new mayor as we continue to grow and renew. As voters, we have a choice. My choice is Jerry Mitchell, a lifelong Chattanoogan who is passionate about his hometown and who will work side by side with all residents to get things done. I hope you will join me in supporting and voting for Jerry Mitchell for District 2 City Council.

Julie Barringer

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I am writing to tell you why I support Jerry Mitchell for District 2, Chattanooga City Council. I believe his qualifications, experience, advocacy for transparent government, and openness to the community make him a superior candidate for the City Council.  

I have known Jerry for 10 years as both a personal and professional friend. I believe his background in business, his personal character, his commitment to improving the city, and his tenure as director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department under two mayors - Democrat Jon Kinsey and Republican Bob Corker - superbly qualify him to represent us on the City Council.

Jerry has a keen interest in public service, transparent and open government, doing good things for the community, stretching our tax dollars, and making wise investments that expand our capacity for quality of life and quality growth. 

During his time as a businessman, Jerry traveled around the world to execute contracts - an experience that gave him broad knowledge of markets, economic diversity and the rapid development of a global economy and its impacts in our state and city. And as a member of two mayor's administrations in a period of rapid development of the city's infrastructure, he has a deep understanding of the elements necessary to keep the city's revival and economic growth strong and competitive. 

As a native Chattanoogan and an active family man with a long time home in North Chattanooga, Jerry understands our daily lives and civic interests at a neighborhood level. He understands the needs of all citizens for public safety and well-coordinated public services as well as the city's cost of doing business and how that affects taxpayers across the board. 

I sincerely believe Jerry is in the race for the District 2 seat for many good reasons. He loves working with people, he has an open heart, and he has enough history, background, knowledge and love for the city to want to work for our best interests. And he can do so capably and productively with the energy, optimism, enthusiasm and work ethic to see it through. 

Please take the opportunity to get to know Jerry Mitchell and the values he shares with us. And please vote for him for the District 2, City Council seat that Sally Robinson is vacating. Thank you for considering my heart felt recommendation. 

Kristy Huntley

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I am writing today in support of Jerry Mitchell’s candidacy for City Council District 2.  

His love for Chattanooga is infectious and I have enjoyed seeing him contribute to this community in so many ways as I’ve grown up in this city. 

During his tenure at City Parks and Recreation under Mayors Kinsey and Corker, Jerry had a proven track record of getting things done. His work involved the community and reflected its desires.  And made our city a better place.    

Now, as a small business owner, I am excited for Jerry Mitchell to be on the Council because he will be a strong advocate for entrepreneurs and our enterprises.   He’s been there.  He understands.

Please vote for Jerry Mitchell for City Council if you live in District 2. 

Adam Kinsey

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