Why I Support Chris Anderson For District 7 City Council

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It is comical to read the Chamber of Commerce and Manny Rico’s claim VW came to Chattanooga for the art. That is so absurd. Do you think the $400 million in taxpayer incentives to VW was more of a deciding factor than the blue rhino and rusted metal objects placed on the sidewalks? When I read that comment of Manny Rico’s I am certain that he believes the public is stupid. 

There are many conservatives that believe Manny Rico’s voting record mirrors an out of control liberal spender. For instance, Manny Rico voted to give an elite group of developers $9 million plus interest of taxpayer dollars, called TIF, and has never seen a Pilot agreement for corporate welfare to industry he did not love.

My favorite is when Councilman Rico told a filled City Council room of local advocates that he, “did not have to listen to anyone.” That is exactly how Councilman Rico votes, he ignores the public’s wishes, and votes with this small A list of Chamber of Commerce types that are robbing the public. Then the last straw, parking the police cars, followed by the purchase of a $32,000 blue rhino. For these reasons, I am certain the public needs to remove Manny Rico from City Council.

It is a matter of public trust. While I don’t live in District 7, I do care about the impact of poor stewardship of public resources, and transparency. I trust Chris Anderson to vote in a manner that is more representative of the wishes and interest of the people. 

Please vote for Chris Anderson, District 7, and give common sense a chance on what is a highly dysfunctional elected body that is in great need of change.

April Eidson

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