#Chattanooga Mayoral Election Update

NO winner was declared tonight. There will be a runoff in April between the two leading candidates Tim Kelly and Kim White. There will be a winner decided then.

Only 25% of the eligible voters cast ballots today. Not a good number if you ask me.

Local Politics Is Local, Democracy In Action

We in America just finished a national political cycle by electing a new President in Joe Biden. However local politics has more impact on the lives of people than those who are in national capitals.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee we are having a mayoral election coming up in March. These are mailers from two of the leading candidates who running for mayor. Tim Kelly is a businessman and Kim White is a community leader.

There are other candidates who are running but so far they haven’t sent anything. Doing mailings like this requires deep pockets. These candidates are also running TV commercials too. Unlike the national races you aren’t seeing any mud being slung which is refreshing.

So local politics is local and voting is as important if not more so. Voting is always important no matter what because democracy is a verb in as much as it is a noun.

Impeachment Day – Part Two

A screenshot of the NY times website from 1/13/2021.

Democrats and ten Republicans joined together to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time in his presidency. It’s amazing that the insurrection was one week ago. It’s truly a troubling time in the United States as President-Elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. What a time we live in right now.

Winning And Losing In Politics

You win some and you lose some. That is how life goes. Accepting losses is a statement of character and gives one the driving force to try again. When it involves power and politics then it’s a whole new ball game where some who lose shouldn’t try again.

Those who lose in the game of politics should have some grace about them and realize that when it’s over, it’s over. The people have the say in winning and losing in this case. It’s OK to lose and if you do it well people will respect you for giving it your best.

Maybe some folks need to realize that it’s not about wheeling and dealing your way into winning because it doesn’t work like that. It’s time to move forward and to prepare for a new chapter in the lives of people who have suffered so much.

It’s time to let go of the past and embrace the new things to come on January 20, 2021.