published Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Effort to recall mayor may be gaining steam

by Cliff Hightower
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    Staff photo by Dan Henry Carl Brock, left, waves to supporters of, a forum in favor of firing Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, who gathered outside of the Hamilton County Election Commission on Friday.

An effort to unseat Mayor Ron Littlefield kicked into overdrive Friday as petitioners began setting up booths at early voting sites.

“People are dissatisfied with the waste,” said Jim Folkner, head of the group Citizen’s to Recall Mayor Ron Littlefield.

The group, along with the Chattanooga Tea Party and Chattanooga Organized for Action, set up booths Friday at the Hamilton County Election Commission office on Amnicola Highway and the Brainerd Recreation Center.

Organizers said they would also be at the Northgate Mall precinct today.

Richard Beeland, spokesman for Mr. Littlefield, said Friday they have nothing to talk about.

“I really don’t have a comment,” Mr. Beeland said.

The recall effort comes after the city hiked property taxes, sewer rates and fees for water quality, or stormwater. It is the second recall effort in a year.

Chattanooga resident Frank Depinto tried a recall effort last year because of the mayor going to once-a-month recycling service. That petition gained “five or six” signatures, according to Mr. Depinto.

So far, the new effort has garnered between 2,000 and 3,000 signatures, Mr. Folkner said.

Charlotte Mullis-Morgan, Hamilton County elections administrator, has said in the past she would like to see about 15,000 signatures for the ouster to go to a public referendum. She said there is some discrepancy between state law and the City Charter.

Under state law, a petition needs 15,000 signatures, while the City Charter needs 9,000 signatures, or 50 percent of the vote from the last election, she said. State law requires that any ouster petitions get 15 percent of all registered voters inside the city, Mrs. Mullis-Morgan said.

“If they are smart, they will get the 15,000,” she said.

Mr. Folkner said he and his attorneys are banking on the lesser figure.

“We still think it’s 9,000,” he said.

If the required signatures are certified, Mr. Littlefield would be ousted and an election for mayor would be held by November, officials said.

Chris Brooks, organizer for Chattanooga Organized for Action, said Friday he thinks the petition can be successful because the public is disgusted with the mayor.

“It won’t be for lack of trying,” he said. “I think people want it. It’s about getting boots on the ground.”

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signalmtnman said...

If they're worried about waste, then has anyone considered the cost of the referendum and the special election required to unseat a mayor who must leave office at the end of this term due to term limits? Not just wasted $$$, but a waste of effort too They're tired of the waste, well I'm tired of their whining.

July 17, 2010 at 1:22 p.m.
FM_33 said...

I am tired of the small town keep it all to myself crap that the Chattanooga Power Structure does to keep people who are honest and fight evil in this town in there place so that the evil can contiune.

July 17, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.
FM_33 said...

What most people don't understand is that mayor Ron Littlefield is a puppet that is controled by the old money in Signal Mountion / Lookout Mountion .

That is where he gets all his marching orders from and he never steps until they tell him so!

So like i said once before don't get mad at Ron he is just a puppet on a long mountion string.

  1. Signal Mountion = Wait For Our Signal And You Will Have Some Power.

  2. Lookout Mountion = We Only Lookout For Our Own At any Cost !

July 17, 2010 at 2:27 p.m.
FM_33 said...

The federal government can back up those last to statements about the evil power structure in the city of Chattanooga TN 100%.

Why does the CTFP not fight evil that they know about in this town ?

Are you all part of it by any chance ?

July 17, 2010 at 2:31 p.m.
FM_33 said...

FM_33's Abbre / and Terms

CTFP (aka) Chattanooga Times Free Press

Screw (aka) People who lead in this city that are controled on a string like a puppet.

Golf (aka) The movers and shakers in this town who thread the common people like they are playing a boring ass game of golf.

July 17, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
FM_33 said...

You gotta love Chattanooga TN because they love you back.

As they which us good people die in Death !

July 17, 2010 at 2:41 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Sometimes i hate to say this but i am not the only one that feels this way in this town.

The people who control this city care more about a "Golf Game" then the health of the people of this city.

A "Golf Ball" has more value in this city then a human being.

Hey don't believe me just ask some of those good old folks on Signal and Lookout they will hip you up on the tip.

July 17, 2010 at 2:46 p.m.
harrystatel said...

It's taxpayer's money for the elections, not Ron's. How better to spend it than throwing Littlefield out of office.

If you want a revolution to get rid of what's wrong with politics, Chattanooga's a great place to start. Littlefield is your typical career bureaucrat whose goal is is to wield power using taxpayer's money, and make deals for himself and his cronies.

If you can't get rid of Bumbling Ron Littlefield on a local level, what chance do you have on a national level to remove his political clones in DC?

Remove the manure that feeds the roots of big government, continuing corruption, pork-barrel boondoggles, and more taxes, taxes, and taxes. Remove Littlefield!

July 17, 2010 at 2:59 p.m.
crimshaw said...

our government has been, and continues to encroach on your rights. they have made you believe that your rights are merely "privileges".

kick ron littlefields admins. crooked ass.

re-call the ron littlefield re-call the city council re-call the city law firm

if consumers don't hit the streets TO PROTEST locally and nationally, people we are in big trouble. you hear me BIG TROUBLE.

July 17, 2010 at 7:22 p.m.
crimshaw said...

the most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders."neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. he therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its... virtue, and who ... will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.

all that can be said for a comment like signalmtnman made is, these people don't understand the constitution.

signalmtnman, thanks for paying for my health care.

July 17, 2010 at 9 p.m.
dyno68DAN said...

it is better to be a live dog than a dead lion. don't prevent the children from coming. forget about yesterday, today is the day. when all else fails then just stand.

July 17, 2010 at 11:09 p.m.
signalmtnman said...

Yeah Crimhaw, Littlefield has a lot to do with who pays your healthcare. And if you don't pay for it yourself, you're just part of the same problem you're rallying against. Based on your copy and paste job, I can only question the virtues of the population which voted for Littletfield by a wide margin in the last election.

July 17, 2010 at 11:16 p.m.
crimshaw said...

signalmtnman, i was thanking you for paying for my health care. i have one question for you, is it your opinion that we have been out of the recession?

July 18, 2010 at 7:26 a.m.
FM_33 said...

crimshaw | On: July 18, 2010 at 7:26 a.m.

You rock bro and keep up the good work.

July 19, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Username: crimshaw | On: July 17, 2010 at 7:22 p.m.

They will all see the light someday after enough people in this county get screwed over !

July 19, 2010 at 12:31 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Username: harrystatel | On: July 17, 2010 at 2:59 p.m.

Your comment has good points as well Harry about removing the old school "Chattanooga Power Structure" and replacing it with a council that serves the people of this city and does not have us just serving them and keep all the money in there pockets. They are lucky in a way that they have not grown into a major huge city over the years. Because so many people would have taken it to the riot level years ago fooling around with these kinds of people.

July 19, 2010 at 12:36 p.m.
anthonytsi said...

HEY SIGNALMTNMAN, no wonder you disagree with this. You probably make alot of money. Ppl like me who know what, I'm going to stop right there. Live up there and look down on us. The people trying their best to recall the mayor are doing this as volunteers. No tax payer money wasted there, just tax paying voters expressing their opinion about elected officials that get paid by tax payers. That makes us their boss, and if they are not doing their job than we must fire them. Do your homework before you give your opinion. Your opinion should include facts, not just what you think is going on. Educate yourself. BTW do you pay city tax?

July 21, 2010 at 8:48 p.m.
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