This Friday, September 21, is “opening day” for those on the hunt for a seat in Chattanooga’s next government. Qualifying petitions may be picked up at the Hamilton County Election Commission off Amnicola Highway.
While most incumbent members of the Chattanooga City Council apparently are planning to run for reelection, Councilwoman Sally Robinson has announced that she will not. The timing of her announcement gives would-be replacements the full 90-day qualifying period to work on their campaigns.
One cannot help but speculate that there is someone waiting to step right up. This scenario, by the way, is much preferable to one wherein the incumbent waits until late in the qualifying window to step down, and in swoops the well-connected “heir apparent.”
But were I running for mayor (hypothetically!), I would look for a strong ally from this district, and work to get such a person set up to take this open seat. So don’t be surprised by any announcements you might hear in the coming days.