Kelly, White advance to runoff for Chattanooga mayor

Powersports dealer Tim Kelly and former economic development nonprofit president Kim White have advanced to the runoff to succeed term-limited Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

Kelly has said he doesn’t identify with either party. He gave donations to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last year and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd in 2018. The son of a former Cadillac dealer, Kelly sold his own Subaru franchise last year. He still owns a large Honda powersports dealership.

White was the choice among conservative voters and the Chamber of Commerce crowd. She used to work for the real estate company of Bob Corker, a former mayor and U.S. senator. She later headed the River City Co.

Wade Hinton, a former city attorney under Berke, finished third.

Here are the top finishers among the 15 candidates:

Tim Kelly8,56230%
Kim White8,28929%
Wade Hinton6,10822%
Monty R Bruell2,4078%
Russell J Gilbert Sr.8893%
Elenora Woods8053%
Chris Long4912%
Erskine Oglesby Jr.3221%
Monty Dewayne Bell1571%

The runoff is scheduled for April 13.

24 Responses to Kelly, White advance to runoff for Chattanooga mayor

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Contributing to Randy! in the Republican Primary doesn’t tarnish your status as a liberal in the least. Like so many liberals who are fortunate enough to live in a state governed by conservatives Kelly sends contributions to the least conservative Republican running in the primary faced as he is with an inevitable Republican victory in the general election.

    Even Kim White doesn’t appear to be anyone to get excited about insofar as she is endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce which makes her suspect. Seems to me Chattanooga Republicans simply don’t have the all important conservative ideological rigor of Mid-State Republicans considering Corker in their past and their current Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (Heritage-71%) is now the most liberal member of the Tennessee Republican delegation in Congress thanks to the fact that we are finally rid of Lamar and Phil Roe. It’s a shame really.

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      MARLE says:

      They contributed to Chamber/liberal republicans. Trump contributed to Democrats all the time and TN just loves him. Ask our Senators and Your favorite Representative. What’s not to love based on support of prior politicians?

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        When a No Record Candidate runs for office and if one is interested in the policy preferences of the candidate rather than his personality and/or appearance, “. . .support of prior politicians” is the ONLY bases on which to decide “What’s not to love. . . . That’s why I was a Alternate Cruz Delegate in 2016.

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          Cryan says:

          Constitutional Conservative Stuart was an alternate delegate for a man born in Canada. Sounds about right.

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          MARLE says:

          Cruz’ unabashed support for a president who lost the House while in office AND the Senate on his way out the door is an embarrassment. He has as much grounding as a leaf in a tornado. I voted for him in the ’16 primary too and never again……

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            A bit early for commitments for 2024 here in the first quarter of 2021. I’m concerned about 2022. Why not wait and let’s see the Republican roster for 2024 in the early part of that year, then we can make an intelligent decision as to whom to support. For me, the criterion will be the most reliable, predictable conservative stalwart who has the best chance of winning election.

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            Eddie White says:

            That makes sense Stuart. Of course for those Trump haters who are looking for a Republican candidate, there is always Mitt Romney. But then again, who the hell cares who the Trump haters want.

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            James White says:

            Well Trump could run for Florida US Representative in 2022. Then if the Republicans win the House, he could be elected speaker. He could try to impeach Biden and Harris. Then he could still run for President in 24…

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            Eddie White says:

            I see the price at the discount gas pump is $2.59 per gallon. The working people of America love to see gas prices go up. It’s called supply and demand. Of course the supply can be reduced by a president who wants to restrict oil exploration on all federal lands and off shore. It also helps to restrict oil leases in Texas and Oklahoma. As the American workers shell out more at the pump, there will be some fat asses sitting home watching their oil stocks all day. Glad we got rid of those Trump energy policies. Give me an electric car!

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            MARLE says:

            I VOTED for Trump. I have never hated him. Only his reneged on promises to 1) drain the swamp 2) simplify and remove loopholes from tax code 3) disengage foreign troops 4) make Hillary’s influence peddling for profit a subject of investigation 5) a consistent trade policy 6) hiring the Right people the FIRST TIME like a good businessman should be able to do (including the miserable failure Dr Fauci…….and the list goes on.

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            MARLE says:

            Why Eddie should US oil companies drill themselves into bankruptcy trying to create a world glut of oil so that YOU can pay peanuts at the pump? That is what our brilliant Energy Independence was doing. Want to see our farmers go bankrupt??? Except for Farm Subsidies they were on the road to financial ruin as well. How about our auto industry….want them to flood the market with cars so you can buy them at half price? Just so YOU KNOW….the oil companies are finally getting out of a giant financial hole since oil prices are Back To Normal. Too bad, right????? Now we are going to bankrupt an entire USA industry.

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    Kendra Tilley says:

    There is no way I could ever support anyone that voted for communist, criminal Joe Biden. A man that has sold our country to China to enhance his family’s bank account. Chattanooga is done and has been lost for a long time. There is now way any real conservative American patriot will ever be elected as Mayor in Chattanooga. I wonder how many people that live in Chattanooga know that their city was one of the original beta sites for UN Agenda 21?

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      James White says:

      Agreed. This article did not tell us of the other candidates. Perhaps one is good? but not the top two for sure.

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      MARLE says:

      Trump voted for Hillary, Cuomo, and the list of big Liberal Dems goes on and on. Do you hate Trump for doing that?

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        James White says:

        I don’t hate Trump, but I did not vote for him.
        Trump continued the no-win wars and signed spending bills out the yin-yang.
        I did like that he did fight to reduce the over regulation of the executive branch abc departments, and getting US Out of the UN climate change and other UN programs.
        I would not support someone voting for more government, more reach and more power.

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        Cryan says:

        Don’t forget Cryin’ Chuck. He donated to Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, too.

        I’m starting to have my doubts, but Q said to trust the plan.

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    Paul says:

    Agenda 21! Communists! And, the final tragedy, not a solid Heritage rating among the lot! Oh, the horror of it all. It’s practically Berkeley down there.

    Somehow I’m pretty sure Chattanooga will be fine when the dust settles. The spouse and I were there for several days a couple of weeks ago. Seems to be a thriving place with a lot going on. No doubt in certain quarters that’s all a front for the new world order led by antifa members frolicking in the public square while throwing down Jagermeister shots paid for from the public trough and enforcing tofu eating mandates on everyone, but whatever. The folks that are freaked out probably should keep their distance. All the conservatives in state government and those who want to ensure ideological purity across TN better hope the big four metro areas keep paying the bills for their social engineering schemes, since there’s sure not enough tax dollars flowing in from the hinterlands to support their centralized planning goals.

    Carry on then.

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      Cryan says:

      The prevailing thought on this blog and in the General Assembly, unfortunately, is that Nashville is a cancer on this state. And according to Stuart, the four metro areas are “liberal ghettos.” Tell that to the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

      Just the other day in the scary, urban (wink, wink) Nashville city streets a condo was sold for $25,000,000. If you hate Nashville, go to Brentwood where you can live in a McMansion on a maxed out AMEX card, and send your kids to segregation academies, and drive your financed SUV to the Mega Church every week where the pastor is screwing half the youth group. Sounds like a wonderful place to me that totally could exist as it does today without the economy of Nashville (Sarcasm). Yes, you all are so much better than Nashville (Sarcasm again). At least the Mega Church pastor’s dutiful and subservient wife will stand by her man (Not sarcasm, sadly).

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        Donna Locke says:

        Oh yeah right, any actually productive person can afford to live in Nashville now.

        Nashville, the city itself, is being propped up by the outlying areas, and even the music business is relocating. But at least the musicians are killing each other yet as they are in Atlanta. But give it some time.

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          Donna Locke says:

          are not

          But maybe they are. I stopped reading The Tennessean some time ago.

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          Cryan says:

          Have you been on the I-65 pre-Covid? Most of the people that LIVE in Williamson County WORK in Nashville. Same for the other outlying counties. The region’s economy IS Nashville. The residential counties aren’t propping it up.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Redistrict Fleischman out of his area Easy. Do the same to Cooper. Build a wall around Memphis and the state will improve overnight Takes guts though to use the tools the Constitution have you to implement the will of a vast majority (over 69%) of Tennesseans. Darn it-more inconvenient practical options based on fact.

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