- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Chattanooga City Commission will consider a petition from a group that seeks to recall Councilman Chris Anderson.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/1hIGJe9) reports the panel will discuss the matter next month after a group of citizens began a petition drive last week.

The residents say they want Anderson ousted in part because of his proposal to extend health benefits to domestic partners of city employees. Some also said he doesn’t represent the needs of the community.

“He doesn’t represent what the people want,” said Mahmood Abdullah, owner of Southside Market. “His only goal is to boost homosexuality.”

Anderson, who is gay, said he isn’t surprised by the effort.

“I knew when I ran for public office that I would have to make decisions that were politically difficult,” he said in an email. “If you want to recall me over the equal rights of the public servants that work so hard for the City of Chattanooga, bring it on.”

The City Council passed Anderson’s proposal to extend benefits to domestic partners, but a petition drive after the vote means the issue will now go to referendum.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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