published Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson suing to stop recall effort

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Should Chris Anderson be recalled?

City Councilman Chris Anderson will file a lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court today to stop recall efforts against him.

Residents petitioned the Hamilton County Election Commission to have the recall, which was recently approved.

The commission requested that the 1,600 signatures, 15 percent of Anderson's District 7 population, required for a recall vote be gathered by April 10 so that it could be placed on the August ballot.

Anderson's campaign manager, Joda Thongnopnua confirmed that the lawsuit would be filed today.

In it, Anderson alleges that the recall is discriminatory and is focused on his sexuality, which he says is unconstitutional. Anderson is the first locally elected openly gay politician.

For more see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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