published Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Several eye 2013 run for Chattanooga mayor

by Cliff Hightower


• Sept. 21, 2012: First month when candidates can pick up petitions for mayoral election

• March 5, 2013: Mayoral election

• April 9, 2013: Mayoral runoff, if needed

Source: Hamilton County Election Commission

At least 10 people are considering a run for Chattanooga mayor, even though the election is 18 months away.

Those considering a run for the city's top elected position include men, women, blacks, whites, elected officials, public servants and businesspeople. The nonpartisan race to succeed Mayor Ron Littlefield, who will have served two terms and cannot run again, will be held March 5, 2013.

Richard Wilson, professor of political science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, said several factors play into interest in the mayor's post.

"Littlefield can't run again," he said. "It's an open field. The contentiousness, the economic downturn, the change in county leadership all have brought on interest."

Several people confirmed last week they are considering a run for mayor, including City Council Chairwoman Pam Ladd, City Councilman Andraé McGary, Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey, businessmen Roger Tuder, Greg Vital and Jim Folkner, and River City Co. executive Kim White.

Others whose names were mentioned for a possible run include state Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, local businessman and philanthropist Charlie Brock and Todd Womack, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's chief of staff.

City Councilman Peter Murphy said after some consideration he is leaning against entering the race.

Vital said there is too much animosity between the county's two largest governments and he wants that to change.

"I personally don't like the conflict between the city and the county," he said.

Tuder said there are plenty of issues to spark a look at the mayor's race, including job growth and city-county relations.

"There's a lot of igniters out there making people think about how we can get some cohesion," he said.

Contacted last week, Berke said he is only concerned with his upcoming re-election bid in 2012. McGary said he would support Berke if the senator joined the mayor's race.

Womack said there is still plenty of time to consider a run. Corker, who was mayor from 2001 to 2005, did not announce his campaign until the Labor Day before the city election in March, he noted.

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Marathon5454 said...

Andrae McGary going to run for mayor??? Message to Andrae--I know that you did well in your district.............but.........Chattanooga is bigger than that--Your radical "black victim agenda" doesn't fly with 80% of Chattanooga's voters--Suggestion..keep your current job

September 4, 2011 at 11:35 p.m.
LarryRose said...

Greg Vital can run for mayor, but after his losing campaign for state senate, on which he spent $500,000 of his own money, who cares?

After all, "I’ve got more money than God". (Greg Vital to Todd Gardenhire quoted in Greg Vital’s vile tactics disgust, Editorial, Chattanooga Times Free Press, August 1, 2012)

Money which he got from gullible senior citizens at his Greenbriar Cove project:

“Local officials are launching a campaign to try to lure retirees to the Chattanooga area.”(Chattanooga Going After Retirees, The Chattanoogan, January 31, 2007,

“Lure” is defined as “entice: provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion” (


Why would an independent journalistic outlet like The Chattanoogan warn people, in particular senior citizens, about the website Is there really something to watch out for here? Maybe a computer virus?

The reason for the campaign is simple: money.

“Retirees buy houses“. (Claude Ramsey quoted in Chattanooga Going After Retirees, The Chattanoogan, January 31, 2007,

And who’s targeting senior citizens from out of town? “Greg Vital of Independent Healthcare Properties/Morning Pointe Assisted Living” put up the money to pay for the “ web site”. (Chattanooga Going After Retirees, The Chattanoogan, January 31, 2007,

And what did Greg get for his money?



You see, Greg has some slow-moving inventory on hand. He laid out a bunch of small lots on a wetlands site, and promoted the concept of luxury homes.

Some people bought these houses, and found out (after they bought) that spring water flooded up out of the ground into the crawlspaces under the houses. (Yes, its that wet)

No one told them up front about the wetlands situation, and billionaire developer Greg Vital didn’t want do anything to remedy the problems. So these elderly people, on fixed incomes, had to shoulder the costs of waterproofing, drainage, sump pumps, etc. (Of course, the spring water still bubbles up.)

Now word has gotten out in the Chattanooga area, and sales at Greenbriar Cove have basically stalled.

Of course, there are plenty of retirees up in New York State, Michigan, etc., who haven’t yet heard about how Greg Vital does business.

So now you know why The Chattanoogan used the word “lure”.

September 13, 2012 at 1:51 p.m.
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