With all due respect to Roy Exum, the voters are firing incumbent council members.
Not one of the challenged incumbents have been returned to office by the voters. I call that a clue.
The voters clearly attempted to fire Jack Benson, but the fragmented field of opposition hurt that outcome.
I also wish to correct Roy on one item. Not all of the elected newbies are without elected service. District 1 Chip Henderson has served on the school board. The school board budget is more of a challenge.
There are so many reasons to elect Larry Grohn to represent District 4 in the April 9 runoff election.
The voting actions of the current City Council, including incumbent in District 4, Jack Benson, have been completely polar of the wishes of the public.
When Jack Benson attempted to derail a city commissioned gang study that identified violent crime at Hamilton Place mall, I knew Councilman Benson’s actions were for special interests and not for the citizens. That is problem, and why the public is firing the incumbent City Council members, failure to support the public’s best interest.
Then, during the height of recession and double digit unemployment in Chattanooga in 2009, this City Council voted to increase storm water fees on small business over 191 percent. I realize it takes funds to operate a city, but that ridiculous level of an increase speaks to mismanagement of the storm water system. A well-managed organization does not remain in crisis management like the city has for years.
Then, just months after, this City Council increased property taxes 19 percent. I will never forget calling my City Council member, and they stated, “we never increases taxes in an election year.” I realized at that point, ill equipment people ran the city budget, and the buck stops with the City Council. They have full budget authority and can amend and vote on spending measures.
Let’s face it, this city council has been the worst ever, and the last challenged incumbent is Jack Benson in District 4. Help him pack.
Vote Larry Grohn in District 4.