The Chattanooga chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police announced endorsements for candidates in upcoming municipal elections this week, opting to vocally support only two incumbents running for re-election on City Council.
The FOP, a labor union consisting of 325,000 sworn officers nationwide, is committed to "improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety" of city residents.
In a news release, the group announced it would support Tom McCullough in District 1, Roger Tuder in District 2, Ken Smith in District 3, Tom Tomisek in District 4, Chris Anderson in District 7, Andraé McGary in District 8 and Peter Murphy in District 9.
Endorsements were not given to District 5 and 6 incumbents Russell Gilbert and Carol Berz because they are running unopposed. Toby Hewitt, president of the Rock City Lodge, said the group looked forward to working with both Gilbert and Berz upon re-election, but refrained from endorsing them because neither candidate would have an opponent on the ballot.
"We appreciate their past efforts and look forward to an open dialogue with them during the next term," Hewitt said.
Additional police and fire labor groups offering candidate endorsements include the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the Chattanooga Firefighters Association.
Early voting begins Feb. 13.
Municipal elections are March 5.
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