Group Seeks Recall Of City Councilman Chris Anderson

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Updated: 1/24 11:58 pm
        It was a small but vocal minority that gathered at the Hamilton County Election Commission, seeking to recall councilman Chris Anderson less than a year into his term.
        "The recall is because he has not fulfilled his platform promises to the community that he is councilman over," says East Lake resident George Goss.
        The group claims Anderson has a one issue agenda, benefits for same sex partners of city employees.
        "He has placed his personal agenda above the betterment of the community, financially, morally, he has totally ignored the will of the people," says St. Elmo pastor Alfred Johnson.
         "We have people dying, we have shots being fired in people's houses. Young folks are dying, being shot, schools and things like that, but he only address the homosexual needs of his people," added Alton Park business owner Mahmood Abdullah.
         WDEF News 12 attempted to reach councilman Anderson, but those phone calls were not returned. Some of these voters say the issue goes beyond just that of the same sex issue.
         "We have got to start focusing on the real issues and the real issues are jobs, crimes, and schools, and paying attention to the real needs of the people who live in these communities," said Theresa Wood, a St. Elmo resident.
         "There's a lot of streets there that are in desperate need of repair, there are housing areas that are in desperate need of rebuilding and so if we could see some of those things improve that's part of what we are banding together for," added Goss.
          For the recall to happen, they must get signatures from 15% of registered voters in the district, about 18-hundred people. The election commission must certify the votes, followed by certification from the five person commission board. Only then would it be put on the August 7th ballot.
          "It'll be door to door, walking, and a line of people once again to speak very clearly, that they would like to have fair representation," added Johnson.
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