Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Endorses Andy Berke For Mayor

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 820 has officially endorsed Andy Berke for mayor. The association, which is made up of over 200 men and women, based their decision this week on Berke’s vision and commitment to a safer Chattanooga.

“We unanimously voted to endorse Andy Berke because he is a proven leader,” said Jack Thompson, president of the Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association. “Senator Berke understands that the success of our city depends on the safety of our citizens, and we believe he will best represent our men and women who protect our local communities everyday.”

“I am humbled and honored to have the support of the men and women who selflessly serve to protect our city,” said Senator Berke. “By strengthening our communities and supporting our public safety agencies, we will build a better, safer Chattanooga.”

Mr. Thompson said, “Senator Berke’s commitment to public safety and vision for a safer Chattanooga is essential to the success of our city, and this is why we are standing with him and we encourage all voters in Chattanooga to vote Berke on March 5.”


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