Liberal Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly Seeks Re-election In 2025

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Adelia Kirchner] –

Last Thursday, Liberal Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly announced that he plans to run for a second term in 2025.

At this point Kelly still has a year and a half left of his first mayoral term. 

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Even though Chattanooga city elections are technically non-partisan, during his time as mayor, Kelly has supported left-leaning political operations and efforts to convert Chattanooga into a “smart city,” as well as mocked the death of a Conservative radio personality prior to being elected.

The recent campaign announcement was made to a crowd of supporters at the former city community center on the Westside, which Kelly says will be repurposed to allow for new affordable housing in that area.

“We’ve got a lot of work left to do,” Kelly stated. “I’m asking for your support and for you to join me so that together we can help Chattanooga realize its full potential as the best city in Tennessee and the best city in America.”

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Back in 2018, the mayor helped launch UnifiEd, a left-leaning political operation which has since supported Kelly’s political efforts

Despite Local 3 News listing “building a competitive regional economy” under Kelly’s slew of “accomplishments,” in February 2021, Kelly actually moved his personal business, Southern Honda Powersports, out of Chattanooga.

By relocating his business to East Ridge, Tennessee, Kelly was able to pocket more than $1.9 million while costing the city of Chattanooga around $5.3 million in tax revenue over the following 22 years. 

In response to concerned Chattanooga residents, Kelly promised that he would make sure that whatever took over his business’ previous location in Chattanooga would “serve the city and community just as well.”

Around that same time, Kelly also made his lack of support for Conservative values clear when he publicly mocked the death of Conservative radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, on his social media.

While these things took place before Kelly officially stepped into his role as mayor, during his term Kelly has supported efforts to convert Chattanooga into a “smart city.” 

Known as the One Chattanooga Plan or the Climate Action Plan, the idea is to create a 15-minute city structure using the same technology China uses to monitor and control its population.

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The Chattanooga mayor has also neglected to confirm or deny organizational connections to a city council started to oppose “hate” and “extremism” which has been found to work heavily with a far-left group known for labeling Conservative organizations as “hate groups.”

Additionally, Kelly recently unveiled his Affordable Housing Action Plan to “supercharge” efforts to create more affordable housing in Chattanooga.

“I have always had a sense of urgency and an awareness of living on borrowed time,” Kelly stated in his recent announcement. “I was sworn in 872 days ago, and there are only 591 left in this term.”

If re-elected in 2025, Kelly would serve a second and final term, since Chattanooga mayors are limited to two four-year terms.

About the Author: Adelia Kirchner is a Tennessee resident and reporter for the Tennessee Conservative. Currently the host of Subtle Rampage Podcast, she has also worked for the South Dakota State Legislature and interned for Senator Bill Hagerty’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee. You can reach Adelia at adelia@tennesseeconservativenews.com.

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