A group with the goal of increasing voter turnout at upcoming municipal elections will host a City Council candidate's forum tonight at The 4th Floor, located at the Chattanooga Public Library.
The forum, which will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., is hosted by Creative Citizenship, a newly formed group hoping to encourage interaction between rising community leaders and elected officials.
It will feature at least 13 candidates who will be on the March 5 ballot. Candidates include Tom McCullough and Chip Henderson in District 1; Priscilla Simmons and Jerry Mitchell in District 2; Pam Ladd in District 3; Ryan King, Scott McColpin and Tom Tomisek in District 4; Carol Berz in District 6; Manny Rico and Chris Anderson in District 7; and Andraé McGary and Moses Freeman in District 9.
On Saturday, Creative Citizenship will host DesignFest from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in which participants will be encouraged to design "get out the vote" posters and work together on creative ways for the community to collaborate with elected officials.
"If we can be willing to meet with our current and future civic leaders, establish relationships and develop an ongoing conversation with them, and be willing to learn while contributing our own ideas and skills toward collaboratively solving problems in our community, this election cycle can mark the beginning of a much-needed turning point for Chattanooga's community," the group said in a news release.