Red Bank Commissioner Rick Causer, Though He Has 2 Years Left On Term, To Challenge Mayor John Roberts In At-Large Race

Monday, August 18, 2014

Red Bank Commissioner Rick Causer, though he has two years left on his District 2 term, said he has decided to challenge Mayor John Roberts in the at-large race in November.

Commissioner Causer said, "I don't like his leadership. It seems to me he is too compulsive and doesn't think things through. He makes poor choices."

He said steps the mayor has taken on animal control, codes enforcement and zoning "are going to hurt a lot of citizens."

Commissioner Causer said, "My idea on economic development is bringing in companies from outside. His is more environmental. That's good to a point, but you can go too far. When you create green space the land goes off the tax rolls. You have to hire people to maintain it, and all that can lead to a tax increase." 

He said he has checked with election officials and been told that the unusual move "is perfectly legal." He said he consulted with City Attorney Arnie Stulce as well as forwarding a letter to state election officials via Rep. Richard Floyd.

Commissioner Causer said his wife is interested in moving to a house in another part of Red Bank, and winning the at-large seat would allow the move.

Commissioner Causer said if he loses to Mayor Roberts he still gets to finish out the two years of his District 2 term.

Mayor Roberts, calling the surprise move "unfortunate," said, "I guess he wants to make this personal against me. We'll see in November."

He denied that actions he has taken are hurting citizens, saying, "I am trying to protect the homeowners."

Mayor Roberts said, "The sales tax in Red Bank has gone up for two years in a row off the small businesses that are coming in."

He said the city's codes and zoning "needed to be completely updated. We brought in people like Barry Bennett, the former Planning Agency director, to update it."

Mayor Roberts added, "There is nothing in them that hurts anyone."


PHOTOS: 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer's At The Tennessee Riverpark

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, DEMETRIUS JAY     5206 CENTRAL AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37409     22     Chattanooga          AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL TRESSPASS ANGUS, KEVIN ALLEN     7414 VIGILINA ROAD ROXBORO, 27574     29    ... (click for more)

Conservation On Signal Mountain

The town of Signal Mountain appointed a working group to put together a conservation easement to protect certain of the town's park lands.  The members of the Conservation Easement Working Group would like to respond to concerns and comments raised about the town’s efforts to protect certain park land from residential or commercial development by granting a conservation ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Late Garden Walk

Due to a series of pressing events I didn’t get a chance to make my September walk through the garden until yesterday. It is normally my custom to take a stroll on the first day of each new month, looking for the orchids and onions that might appear, so I can award them to those among us who deserve one or the other. So before the temperatures drop, allow me to catch up: AN ORCHID ... (click for more)

McCallie Beats Baylor In Tennessee Classic Silver Division

NASHVILLE – Reed Oscar was the overall winner in 16 minutes, 49 seconds and teammate Dylan Carmack finished fifth overall in 17 minutes, 13 seconds to lead the McCallie Blue Tornado cross country team to a first-place finish in the Silver division of the Tennessee Classic, which was held here at Percy Warner Park Saturday morning. Teammates Connor Smith and Kevin Wagoner finished ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Golf Team Second At Wolf Run Intercollegiate

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team is tied for second after 18 holes at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The Mocs and Florida Gators each shot 295 over the opening 18 to trail Illinois by 11 at 285 at Wolf Run Golf Club. The day’s docket had a scheduled 36 holes. Afternoon storms sent teams from the course prior to finishing. The remaining holes will be completed starting at 9:30 ... (click for more)