Choosing a candidate in today’s political environment is harder than it has ever been. The process today requires us to look through the empty promises, the false activism, and, in many cases, what the person is saying in order to come to a personally unbiased conclusion. We’ve come to a time in which we find it hard to trust a candidate.
I first met D’Andre Anderson, who is running for City Council in District 8, in my first creative writing class.
He was a bold character in that class, but he was genuine and honest. I enjoyed his presence and his writing, but I lost contact with him after that class.
Later on, I met him again within the theater department. Dre and I had both been cast in Parade, a musical by Alfred Uhry that was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was from this point that I began to grow in friendship with Dre. I began to know who he was as a person. He is someone who is passionate about what he believes in. He knows what he wants, and he knows how to get it the right way.
When Dre told me that he would be running for the District 8 seat, there was no question about who I would be supporting, but it doesn’t just come down to the fact that he is my friend. More than anything, Dre is a man with character. He is a person that strives with every part of his being to choose to do the right thing every time.
The same cannot be said about other candidates in our city right now. Other candidates are sowing division among our many diverse communities and between the people and government itself. Dre is striving to heal the divisions among us. He is not running on a campaign of activism for activism’s sake. He is running to actually do something. He is giving District 8 a voice of reason that it has not had before.
Dre is a young black man that is trying to make change in his own community and in the hearts of others. He is fighting the good fight the right way.
So with all this in mind, it was not hard for me to come to this decision. D’Andre Anderson is the only choice in this race for me. The two that he is running against won’t represent Chattanooga in the same way he will. They don’t have his unique perspective, and they don’t have the same heart and integrity.
For me, the choice is clear: we need someone new in the District 8 seat, and we need someone with the integrity to do the right thing every single time. D’Andre Anderson is the only person in this race that has both. He is the clear choice.