Chattanooga businessman Tim Kelly is running for mayor, The Chattanoogan said Thursday.
The election is March 2021. Incumbent Andy Berke is term-limited.
Kelly owns businesses that include Kelly Subaru and Southern Honda Powersports.
Kelly drew only 6 percent in a recent poll of potential mayoral candidates, in a poll paid for by Nick Macco and Adam Boeselager of Legacybox, a Chattanooga company that converts camcorder footage into DVDs, according to a story by WRCB.
“The purpose of the survey was to elevate the views of Chattanoogans and spur a discussion about our future,” said Macco, who says the pair funded the project and has no specific affiliation with any of the names floated in the survey as potential candidates.
Fifty-six percent of the 445 adults surveyed were undecided, the poll said.
The poll is available here.
Kelly, who also is chairman of the Chattanooga Football Club, is the fourth candidate to announce, the Chattanooga Times Free Press said. The others are City Councilman Russell Gilbert, businessman Andrew McLaren and Monty Bruell.
Columnist Roy Exum of The Chattanoogan says Kelly is into more than just automobiles and soccer.
Tim Kelly, a Chattanooga auto dealer, is being encouraged by some but, because Kelly is in the thick of Chattanooga’s now-tainted “liberal elites” as the chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, he may be best advised not to buy any political ads on credit.
The Tennessee Star reported in July 2019 that the Community Foundation was one of four foundations that funds UnifiEd, a far-left organization that seeks to replace conservative school board members with liberals.
Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga spokesman Joda Thongnopnua told The Tennessee Star Monday that Eidson’s letter lacked some important context.
“I want to be clear. We supported the (UnifiEd) 501C3. They have a 501C4 as well. That is a more political organization, but all our money went explicitly toward the 501C3,” Thongnopnua said.
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