- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 20, 2021

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga has sworn in Tim Kelly as its new mayor, replacing Andy Berke.

After hitting his term limits, Berke handed over control of the government to Kelly during a ceremony Monday.

In a runoff election last week, Kelly defeated Kim White to win a four-year term as mayor.

Kelly is a former auto dealership owner and he co-founded Chattanooga Brewing Company.

He has declared himself a member of the “Chattanooga Party” and said he voted against Donald Trump for president, breaking with Republicans.

He offered a unifying message Monday, saying the city can meet its challenges as one Chattanooga.

The position of mayor is a nonpartisan one. Berke is a former Democratic state senator.

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