Chris Anderson defeated incumbent Councilman Manny Rico Tuesday to become the new representative for District 7 on the Chattanooga City Council.

Anderson, a Chattanooga native and director of the Bluff View Art District, defeated Rico in his first race for public office, scoring a total of 801 votes (56 percent).

Rico, a two-term councilman, tallied 501 votes (35 percent) in his bid for re-election. During his campaign, Rico ran primarily on his record, arguing that his experience and relationships set him apart from the field of candidates.


During his campaign, Anderson presented himself as an alternative to Rico and ran on a platform of safe streets, good jobs and strong neighborhoods. Anderson is also the first openly gay candidate to be voted into public office in Chattanooga’s history.

Along with Anderson and Rico, Karl Epperson and Tramble Stephens were also on the ballot in District 7. Epperson and Stephens netted 87 and 19 votes, respectively.

Anderson will be sworn into a four-year term April 15.

District 7 covers areas of downtown, Alton Park, East Lake, the Southside and St. Elmo.

Updated @ 3:45 p.m. on 4/9/13 to correct a factual error: The new city government leaders will be sworn into their posts April 15, not April 19, as originally reported.