February 2013 – Andy Berke
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Why I Raise My Hand: Azusa D.

  Why I Raise My Hand Azusa    My name is Azusa (pronounced Joshua without the J) Dance.  I am a single parent of two children and a resident of Brainerd in the great City of Chattanooga, TN.  Born and raised in Chattanooga, I have seen good & bad, but have learned to make a…

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Job One

With 5 days left to go in this election, I am closing out this campaign the way it started and continued throughout — with a focus on the issues that matter most to Chattanoogans and to our future as a city.  Job one for the next Mayor is to make sure that our neighborhoods are…

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Why I Raise My Hand: Joe B.

  Why I Raise My Hand Joe B.    When friends and family ask why I’ve canvassed, called, and commented for Andy Berke my explanation is straightforward — I find hope in his message that binds civic renewal to human investment. As a public educator and father of two young sons, I’m especially enthusiastic about having…

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Why I Raise My Hand: Elizabeth H.

Why I Raise My Hand Elizabeth H.   As a senior in college, I visited Chattanooga for the first time, and within hours I knew the city was a great place to build a life. I met Andy at a campaign event in 2009, and was impressed by the wide range of ages, races, professions,…

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ChattaPop: A beer with Andy Berke

“For the inaugural beer, l met with Chattanooga mayoral candidate and former state Sen. Andy Berke at local favorite Nikki’s Drive-In on Cherokee Boulevard, his choice. We covered a wide range of pop culture territory, including “Star Wars,” “Kim Possible” and, of course, Bruce Springsteen.”

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Andy Berke releases first campaign ad

Chattanooga mayoral candidate Andy Berke released the first television ad of his campaign this week, which will run until the March 5 election. The ad takes its title from Berke’s campaign slogan: “Renew Chattanooga.” “I want to see small businesses popping up all over our city,” Berke says. “I want to see people feel safe…

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Berke far outpaces rivals in cash, resources

“These numbers represent the truly diverse group of people from across the city who have bought into Senator Berke’s vision for Chattanooga’s future,” said Stacy Richardson, campaign manager. “When Senator Berke talks about moving our city forward in public safety, economic development and accountability in government, people from every party and every neighborhood respond.”

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Remembering Mayor Gene Roberts

My deepest condolences go out this week to the family and friends of former mayor Gene Roberts. Roberts served our country, our city and our state throughout his 80 years, may he be remembered for his caring out look for the people of Chattanooga and as a mayor with a true passion for improving our…

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Fire Fighters Association Endorses Andy Berke For Mayor

    The Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 820 has officially endorsed Andy Berke for mayor. The association, which is made up of over 200 men and women, based their decision this week on Berke’s vision and commitment to a safer Chattanooga. “We unanimously voted to endorse Andy Berke because he is a proven…

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Andy Berke to show more than $500K cash-on-hand

“People from every party and every neighborhood are responding positively to my message about public safety, economic development, and accountability in government.” More than half of donors to Berke in the most recent fundraising period gave less than $100. The maximum donation for a mayoral campaign cycle is $1,400.  The Berke campaign also said it…

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