Voters elected Chip Henderson to the Chattanooga City Council’s District 1 post. Henderson garnered 52.66 percent of the vote or 1,120 total votes.
Others in the race were retired educator Dr. Tom McCullough, who got 771 votes; businessman Jim Folker, a leader in the effort to recall Mayor Ron Littlefield, who got 177 votes; and TVA employee Pat Hagan, with 52 votes. There were seven write-in votes.
Henderson said he would be focusing on what he called “essential needs” throughout his term.
“Basically, our infrastructure, our public safety and our economic development — just making sure that we have an infrastructure in Chattanooga that facilitates our citizens and...making sure that we have a strong fire and police department...and making sure that we have the right kind of economic development to facilitate the growth of business in Chattanooga.”
Henderson, 52, who owns and operates Henderson Construction, will be representing Lookout Valley, Moccasin Bend, Mountain Creek, North Chattanooga and Northwoods North.
“We’re just ecstatic. I want to thank all the voters of District 1,” he said.
Lindsay Burkholder is originally from Winston-Salem, N.C. She graduated from Covenant College in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. While at Covenant she spent time writing for and editing the news section of the school newspaper, The Bagpipe. Burkholder also attended the World Journalism Institute in New York City in 2011.