Berke Is Elected Mayor; Hakeem Has 6 More Votes Than Murphy; Henderson Wins District 1, Mitchell Takes District 2, McGary Loses To Freeman, Anderson Topples Rico, Smith Beats Ladd, Benson In Runoff With Grohn

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Former state Senator Andy Berke was elected mayor of Chattanooga in Tuesday's elections, and there will be a number of new faces on the City Council.

At least five newcomers will be sworn into office along with Mr. Berke in early April, and Jack Benson has to win a runoff to keep his District 4 seat. Former City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem had six more votes than incumbent Peter Murphy in District 9. He actually did not get over 50 percent of the vote since there were seven write-in votes.

Councilman Murphy said that means there will be a runoff.

Attorney Berke finished far ahead of Guy Satterfield and Chester Heathington.

Former County School Board Chairman Chip Henderson was the victor in District 1 to replace Deborah Scott. His closest competitor was former school administrator Tom McCullough.

Former City Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Mitchell was the winner in the District 2 race where Sally Robinson is retiring. Roger Tuder finished second and Priscilla Simmons third. 

Ken Smith defeated incumbent Pam Ladd in District 3. That race turned partisan as Republican groups backed Mr. Smith and Democratic groups Ms. Ladd. Rep. Gerald McCormick was a chief Smith supporter.

Incumbent Jack Benson was ahead of four challengers in District 4, but faced a runoff with Larry Grohn.

Chris Anderson won over incumbent Manny Rico in District 7.

Moses Freeman, former city official, defeated Councilman Andrae McGary in District 8. Councilman McGary got into the contest late after first saying he did not intend to run following a loss in a state Senate race.

Russell Gilbert in District 5 and Carol Berz in District 6 were unopposed.

The Hamilton County Democratic Party congratulated Andy Berke "on a resounding victory in the contest for mayor of Chattanooga."

 “Andy Berke was an outstanding Democratic state senator who fought for his constituents in Nashville,” said HCDP Chairman Paul Smith. “He will be just as outstanding as mayor, moving our city forward into the future.”

Mr. Smith also extended congratulations to Moses Freeman, who will now represent City Council District 8, and Chris Anderson, who will now represent District 7.

Chattanooga City Ordinance 12525



Total
Number of Precincts
2
Precincts Reporting
2 100.0 %
Total Votes
0

For Deannexation
0 N/A
Against Deannexation
0 N/A

Chattanooga City Ordinance 12677



Total
Number of Precincts
68
Precincts Reporting
68 100.0 %
Total Votes
15678

For the Amendment
12250 78.13%
Against the Amendmen
3428 21.87%

City Mayor



Total
Number of Precincts
68
Precincts Reporting
68 100.0 %
Total Votes
17856

Andy Berke
12906 72.28%
R. Chester Heathingt
659 3.69%
Guy Satterfield
4224 23.66%
Write-in Votes
67 0.38%

City Council, District 1



Total
Number of Precincts
7
Precincts Reporting
7 100.0 %
Total Votes
2127

Jim Folkner
177 8.32%
Pat Hagan
52 2.44%
Chip Henderson
1120 52.66%
Tom McCullough
771 36.25%
Write-in Votes
7 0.33%

City Council, District 2



Total
Number of Precincts
7
Precincts Reporting
7 100.0 %
Total Votes
2925

Jerry Mitchell
1593 54.46%
Priscilla Simmons
356 12.17%
Roger Tuder
965 32.99%
Write-in Votes
11 0.38%

City Council, District 3



Total
Number of Precincts
6
Precincts Reporting
6 100.0 %
Total Votes
2490

Pam Ladd
1031 41.41%
Ken Smith
1459 58.59%
Write-in Votes
0 0.00%

City Council, District 4



Total
Number of Precincts
7
Precincts Reporting
7 100.0 %
Total Votes
2009

Jack Benson
689 34.30%
Larry Grohn
636 31.66%
Ryan King
462 23.00%
Scott McColpin
23 1.14%
Tom Tomisek
198 9.86%
Write-in Votes
1 0.05%

City Council, District 5



Total
Number of Precincts
10
Precincts Reporting
10 100.0 %
Total Votes
1893

Russell Gilbert, Sr.
1843 97.36%
Write-in Votes
50 2.64%

City Council, District 6



Total
Number of Precincts
11
Precincts Reporting
11 100.0 %
Total Votes
1319

Carol Berz
1262 95.68%
Write-in Votes
57 4.32%

City Council, District 7



Total
Number of Precincts
6
Precincts Reporting
6 100.0 %
Total Votes
1415

Chris Anderson
801 56.61%
Karl D. Epperson
87 6.15%
Manny Rico
501 35.41%
Tramble Stephens
19 1.34%
Write-in Votes
7 0.49%

City Council, District 8



Total
Number of Precincts
7
Precincts Reporting
7 100.0 %
Total Votes
1220

Moses Freeman
746 61.15%
Andraè McGary
470 38.52%
Write-in Votes
4 0.33%

City Council, District 9



Total
Number of Precincts
7
Precincts Reporting
7 100.0 %
Total Votes
2061

Yusuf Hakeem
1030 49.98%
Peter B. Murphy
1024 49.68%
Write-in Votes
7 0.34%

Collegedale Commission



Total
Number of Precincts
5
Precincts Reporting
5 100.0 %
Total Votes
297

Debbie Baker
90 30.30%
Tim Johnson
88 29.63%
Katie A. Lamb
102 34.34%
Write-in Votes
17 5.72%


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