Berke, Hinton, Cooper Among Contributors To New Guard PAC

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mayor Andy Berke, City Attorney Wade Hinton and administration official Molly Cooper are among contributors to a new PAC made up of "young, progressive and experienced individuals, combining our talents to change politics as usual in Tennessee."

The New Guard PAC website lists support for Karitsa Mosley, who is running for the District 4 County School Board seat.

The PAC's financial disclosure does not list any expenditures to date.

The New Guard PAC has a post office box set up in Chattanooga to accept donations. There is also a way to donate online.

Mayor Berke gave $1,000, City Attorney Hinton $250, Ms. Cooper $100. The Hamilton County Democratic Party donated $250. Smaller contributions added up to $110.

The group's website says, "We live in the New South, where words like open, inclusive, and change are more than just words – they are beliefs. They are OUR beliefs. Where the idea of 'old guard' politics is dying – and a New Guard is just coming to life

"Politics is for everyone, not just the elite few. Everyone in our community should have access to opportunity and a voice in the political process.

"New Guard PAC is a mix of campaign managers,  communications specialists, policy mentors, and just plain passionate people who use our various skills to support candidates who support our community.

"We might not always speak with one voice, but we share common goals of a more open, inclusive, and transformative political process. Join us at regular meet-ups, forums, and debates to share ideas, spark action, and encourage each other to good work!"

The website also says, "Are you a campaign manager, organizer, fundraiser, communications specialist or activist? If not, would you like to be? 

"Join our guild of dedicated individuals who are working hard to support progressive candidates. Share your vision, shape the future, build the guard."

The group held a fundraiser on July 7 at Widgets & Stone on Gulf Street.

Lori Quillen is the treasurer of the group which said it has collected $1,660 thus far.

Lacie Stone of the mayor's office said, "The city of Chattanooga is not connected to any political organization and what employees do on their free time is up to them."

 


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