Should there be policies in place that would prevent people from posting campaign signs in government buildings?
That may soon be the topic of discussion for the Hamilton County commission. This, after a story we first brought you last week.
Chattanooga Attorney Hank Hill says he did nothing wrong in posting six flyers last Thursday at the Hamilton County Courthouse. The flyers were in support of Criminal court clerk Gwen Tidwell - who's been in her role for over two decades.
"It's what the first amendment is all about. It's what campaign and elections are all about. You find people that you respect and you see who they respect, and all of the people on this letter respect Gwen Tidwell," said Hill.
The 62 or more supporters are reportedly rooting for the re-election of Gwen Tidwell in the August election.
Monday, we found out there are no county or state election laws in place that prohibit someone - a candidate or private citizen- from posting campaign flyers in county or state government buildings. That's according to the Hamilton County Election Commission who say they only enforce the sign ordinance on Election Day. However, it's against federal law to post campaign flyers of signs in federal buildings.
"There ought to be a bulletin board where people can post something up, and if it's not maybe that's something the county commissioner can consider," said Hill.
Hamilton County commissioner Greg Beck told us Monday that he's unaware of any county policy against posting campaign flyers in county buildings. He says he's working to decide if there's already a policy in place and if there's needs to be one.
Meanwhile, Gwen Tidwell spoke to us about her reaction to these signs being posted.
"I just simply did not think that a public building was probably a good place to be posted. But I did not know who posted it, but Mr. Hill called me the next morning and apologized," said Tidwell.
The flyers have all been taken down inside the Hamilton County courthouse. Tidwell will face off against Vince Dean in the August election.
By Jerry Askin