Recall campaigns in Tennessee
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Yesterday, Nashville residents cast their votes regarding whether to recall Nashville Councilwoman Pam Murray. Recall efforts began after Murray and Councilwoman Karen Bennett disputed a proposed bill that would have led to permitting mobile vendors on Cleveland Street in which some called Murray "unresponsive."Residents became increasingly concerned after a NewsChannel 5 report in April 2009 that revealed that Murray works for a methadone clinic in Detroit, Michigan despite her legal residence being in Nashville. According to Nashville law, elected officials must reside in the city or district they represent.
Murray was first elected to the District 5 council in 2003.
According to unofficial results and the Davidson County Election Commission, the recall effort was approved. The election commission plans to certify the results on Monday.
- Pam Murray (incumbent): 540 (49.91%)
- Jamie Hollin (challenger): 542 (50.09%)
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee: The Hamilton County Election Commission informed local activist Frank DePinto that his recall petition for Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield was incomplete and must be revised to be approved. DePinto's petition lacked the text to appear on the ballot, which the law requires for petitions. The opacity of the state and local recall laws also led to questions on whether the petition itself removes Littlefield from office or simply presents it on a ballot for voters to decide. The number of signatures required is also unclear, due to conflicting statutes. The commission will revisit the petition on May 13.