Fire All Incumbent City Council Members

Monday, April 01, 2013

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.

April Eidson

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Let's Honor Luther

I would like to challenge the city.  There are two ways we could honor Luther.  Build a new facility for the Humane Society and name it after Luther.  Then we should create an academy for young people in the city to teach them how to be like Luther, learn to be of service to your fellow man. What about it Chattanooga?  Karen Dale Hixson (click for more)

Man Shot At Apartments On Tunnel Boulevard Wednesday Afternoon, Then 2 Juveniles Shot At Rec Center On Oakwood Drive With Suspects In Custody

Chattanooga police officers responded to the apartment buildings at 404 Tunnel Blvd. Wednesday at 1:21 p.m., where residents say they heard multiple shots fired.  Witnesses said they saw multiple suspects fleeing the scene on foot behind the complex.  The male victim was taken to a local hospital for life threatening gunshot wounds.  Later Wednesday, ... (click for more)

Several Arrested Outside Erlanger Hospital When Crowd Gathers After Woodlawn Shooting

Several people were arrested Monday night outside Erlanger Hospital after a crowd gathered and clashed with police. The crowd included family and friends of 20-year-old Apprentice Berry, who was shot multiple times and killed earlier Monday night at the Woodlawn Apartments on Wilson Street. Erlanger officials said the group gathered at the emergency room, but were later moved ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Falls In State Volleyball Semis

SMYRNA, Tenn. – It’s a good thing that Signal Mountain volleyball coach Jennifer Redman is a young lady because her heart might not be able to stand the pressure if she wasn’t. Redman’s Lady Eagles were thisclose to being sent to the loser’s bracket in the opening round of the State Volleyball Tournament here at Stewarts Creek High School Wednesday afternoon. Had it been a ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Sweeps Loretto To Open Class A State Volleyball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Playing what coach Alfie Dodd called a sub-par match, Boyd-Buchanan’s Lady Bucs were still good enough to sweep Loretto, 3-0, Wednesday morning in the opening match of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Class A state volleyball tournament at Blackman High School. Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. “We advance and we know we can ... (click for more)