A group of Chattanoogans have launched a petition drive to recall City Councilman Chris Anderson, who represents District 7 in Chattanooga. Anderson is the first openly gay councilman in the East Tennessee city.
Those behind the recall effort, led by Chattanoogan Charles Wysong, say Anderson hasn't represented his constituents' interests, but Anderson believes the recall is related to his sexuality. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Wysong has been an outspoken opponent of the City Council's decision to extend benefits to the domestic partners of city employees, a measure sponsored by Anderson."
Anderson has filed a lawsuit challenging the Tennessee statute and the Chattanooga city ordinance on recalling council members.
The Rincon Strategy Firm in Memphis will host a fund-raising dinner at Rizzo’s Diner (106 E. G.E. Patterson) on Wednesday, April 30th from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost per person is $150, which goes toward Anderson's fight against the recall.
For more information, email Liz Rincon.