Members of the Greater Chattanooga Realtors Association hosts Mayoral Forum
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- All four candidates for Chattanooga Mayor appeared before members of the Greater Chattanooga Realtors Association this morning.
Mayor Andy Berke is asking voters for a second four year term.
He’s challenged by current city council member Larry Grohn, former 3-term council member David Crockett and business owner Chris Long.
One of the main topics today was gun crime in Chattanooga.
“When I came into office one of the things that we wanted to do was focus on how we changed our, uh, our path on crime. We added forty new officers, so that we have the most new officers on the streets in our history and we kept that up,” said current Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.
“We’ll look at the criminals and we will treat them as criminals. We will not do a social experiment and put our community, our businesses, our tourism, at risk,” said David Crockett.
“Doing the violence reduction initiative that this administration has championed ..and made a pilar of, of their administration,…is not working because it is attacking a symptom of the violence in our city and not the core issue,” said Larry Grohn.
“Let the police department do their job. Let them go out and police—work the community–know the community..they can solve them crimes. They just got to have a mayor that’s got their back,” said Chris Long.
The municipal election will be on March 7th.