Chattanooga City Councilwoman Deborah Scott has announced that she will not seek re-election after serving a single four-year term in District 1. Scott also wrote a thorough explanation for her decision.
The news has been met with a great deal of disappointment from Scott’s fans, who are united in their admiration for her commitment to accountability despite ideological positions that range across the political spectrum.
The Free Press editorial page today included the topic in its “Drew’s Views” column, saying that Scott’s decision deals a “tremendous blow” to Chattanooga citizens, and that Scott is among “the rarest of politicians.”
It shouldn’t be so extraordinary for ordinary people to seek elective office and to serve with the kind of energy and focus Scott has. Her self-assessment is a detailed reminder of the fact that doing the right thing in the right way is not easy.