Kelly, White advance to runoff for Chattanooga mayor

By Erik SchelzigTNJ

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Tim Kelly

Powersports dealer Tim Kelly and former economic development nonprofit president Kim White have advanced to the runoff to succeed term-limited Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

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Kim White

Kelly has said he doesn’t identify with either party. He gave donations to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last year and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd in 2018. The son of a former Cadillac dealer, Kelly sold his own Subaru franchise last year. He still owns a large Honda powersports dealership.

White was the choice among conservative voters and the Chamber of Commerce crowd. She used to work for the real estate company of Bob Corker, a former mayor and U.S. senator. She later headed the River City Co.

Wade Hinton, a former city attorney under Berke, finished third.

Here are the top finishers among the 15 candidates:

Tim Kelly 8,562 30%
Kim White 8,289 29%
Wade Hinton 6,108 22%
Monty R Bruell 2,407 8%
Russell J Gilbert Sr. 889 3%
Elenora Woods 805 3%
Chris Long 491 2%
Erskine Oglesby Jr. 322 1%
Monty Dewayne Bell 157 1%

The runoff is scheduled for April 13.

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