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Berke up for re-election as Chattanooga voters head to polls
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Voters are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to give Andy Berke another term as Chattanooga mayor.
Berke is a former state senator who was first elected mayor with more than 70 percent of the vote in 2013. He succeeded term-limited Mayor Ron Littlefield.
This year Berke faces City Councilman Larry Grohn, former Council member David Crockett and architectural consultant Chris Long.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that Berke has raised more than $500,000 for his re-election bid. His three rivals combined to raise about $62,000.
Berke's administration has had to grapple with a school bus crash that left six children dead in December and the 2015 fatal shootings of four Marines and a sailor by a man determined to have been inspired by foreign terrorists.