Wednesday, February 12 2014, 01:32 PM EST
Group Moves Forward In Attempt To Recall Councilman
A group is moving forward with its attempt to oust Chattanooga's District 7 councilman.
Citizens To Recall Chris Anderson, submitted a new petition to the election commission this afternoon. The group is made up of residents and business owners, says they want Anderson out because they feel he is not representing their needs.
"He has been in office to push his own personal agenda. District 7 has been in the news a lot in the last week... all for the wrong reasons," said resident Teresa Wood.
Wood is referring to the senseless murder of 13-year-old Deontrey Southers two weeks ago in Alton Park. In the days after Deontrey's death, several local schools were guarded by Chattanooga police for fear of retaliation.
Wood says Councilman Anderson has missed opportunities to prevent some of that crime. Largely, by not cleaning up old industrial areas to bring in new manufacturers, and jobs.
"And once you have jobs, you offer opportunities to other young people other than criminal activity. It also curtails the violence and helps create an income in that area, which also brings up your schools and entire economy of the district."
But Sue Wright, co-owner of Making Arrangements in St. Elmo, doesn't think blame should fall on one councilman.
She says the group hoping to push Anderson out should worry less about a possible "personal agenda"... and focus on the safety of the community.
"We need to stay away from worrying about the little things that don't hurt other people. That we think are someone else's agenda, but stick to the important issues and keep going down that road, and see what Chris does with those things," said Wright.
The group hopes their effort to collect signatures will get the go-ahead at next week's commission meeting. If it does, they will have 75 days to get 1,600 signatures.
By: Kelsey Bagwell