Updated @ 11:19 p.m.

Incumbent Mayor Andy Berke won re-election with 64 percent of the vote Tuesday night.

“Tonight, we saw voters give a mandate to continue the progress we’ve made,” he said. “I know they are focused on improving our public safety, keeping our progress going on the economy and continuing the investment in young people.”

Berke beat out Councilman Larry Grohn, former Councilman David Crockett and challenger Chris Long.

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“The voters have spoken,” Grohn said. “We tried to run the best race we could and get our message out-we just couldn’t overcome the huge amount of money that the mayor was able to raise-so kudos to him for the race he ran.”

Grohn also offered his “heartfelt” thanks to everyone who supported him.

Long congratulated Berke and said he hopes the city can come together for positive changes.

Crockett didn’t immediately have a comment when reached Tuesday night.

Updated @ 10:58 p.m.

Anthony Byrd was the only newcomer to beat an incumbent outright Tuesday night. He defeated incumbent Moses Freeman in the District 8 race.

“I’m disappointed,” Freeman said. “I’ve called and congratulated Mr. Byrd on his victory, and I wish him the very best.”

Byrd said he felt blessed, humbled and overwhelmed.He also thanked Freeman for his years of work.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this if it wasn’t for a lot of things he went through,” Byrd said. “He put me in a position to take the torch to the next level.”

To start, Byrd said hewants to meet with all the neighborhood associations in District 8 and see what their needs are.

“I also want to thank District 8 and let them know I’m going to be accountable, available, and I’m always going to put them first.”

Updated @ 10:54 p.m.

Erskine Oglesby Jr. is headed to a runoff with incumbent District 7 Councilman Chris Anderson, as no candidate received a majority of the votes.Anderson received 47 percent of the vote, Oglesby 37 percent and Manny Rico 15 percent.

Oglesby said he was feeling great about bringing an incumbent to a runoff and that he has plans to continue doing what he has done so far.

“I want to continue my message of bringing economic equity and community revitalization to each and every neighborhood in District 7,” Oglesby said.

Rico, who lost re-election to Anderson four years ago, fell short in the race.

“I’m disappointed; nobody likes to lose,” he said.

Anderson couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Updated @ 10:10 p.m.

Incumbent Councilman Russell Gilbert won re-election to his District 5 seat Tuesday night. He offered thanks to his supporters.

“I appreciate my family and the voters,” Gilbert said. “I’m looking forward to doing a lot more in District 5.”

Moving forward, Gilbert said he wants to focus more on improving the district’s infrastructure by continuing roadwork, expanding the airport and improving the surrounding area. Gilbert also wants to work with his district’s school board member to help create more opportunities for the young people in his district.

“I’m just looking forward to the next four years in this great city,” he said.

Updated @ 10:05 p.m.

Incumbent Councilman Ken Smith ran unopposed for the District 3 seat. He said he was feeling great Tuesday night after his win.

“Every election is special,” he said. “When you’re fortunate enough to enter into an election where nobody even pulls papers of interest and you’re able to gain more votes than any other council [member], it’s truly humbling.”

Updated @ 10:03 p.m.

Incumbent Councilman Jerry Mitchell won re-election to hisDistrict 2 City Council seat.

“I’m very happy about the results,” he said. “I think the last few years I did a good job, and that was demonstrated tonight.”

But he also said there’s more to work on, and he hopes to get City Council work done faster in the future. He said he also wants to get more input from citizens.

Updated @ 9:59 p.m.

Darrin Ledford ran unopposed for the District 4 City Council seat being vacated by current Councilman Larry Grohn. He said he’s excited to get to work for his district and is ready to begin reducing crime and expanding businesses.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to work for our city and District 4-and get[ting] to work with Mayor Berke,” Ledford said. “We are going to work on paving roads in the district, easing up on stormwater regulations to help our developers and do our best to look at our [Violence Reduction Initiative] to get the shootings down.”

Councilwoman Carol Berz ran as an unopposed incumbent for City Council in District 6. Berzsaid she is grateful for the continued support of her constituents.

“I’m very gratified for all the people that supported me, and even though I was unopposed, I’m glad that people still voted and exercised that right,” she said. “We are going to continue economic development and expansion for the district, just as we have been for the past four years.”

Updated @ 9:51 p.m.

Since no candidate in the District 9 City Council race secured a majority of votes, the two top vote recipients, incumbent Councilman Yusuf Hakeem and Demetrus Coonrod, will move into a runoff election. Hakeem ended the night with 41 percent, and Coonrod received 26 percent. John Kerns received 21 percent, and Pat Benson Jr. received 11 percent.

Hakeem said that while he was hoping to win tonight outright, he was prepared for a runoff.

“My effort was to win straight out,” Hakeem said. “However, people around me were talking about the possibility of a runoff, so we prepared for it in our strategy and put aside funds.”

Hakeem said he was still satisfied with the results.

“I thought I did very well,” he said. “This is not a new experience for me; I was in [a runoff] last time around. We’re just looking to get back to the grind. We feel very good about it.”

Hakeem said he plans to assess what the campaign did right and work on the areas that need improvement.

Coonrod said she was not surprised by the outcome of the election.

“I think I did great,” she said. “Because we had four strong opponents, I was expecting [this outcome]. I knew if I could make it into a runoff, I could move forward from there.”

Coonrod said she plans to continue working with her grassroots campaign.

“We have work to do for District 9,” Coonrod said. “We really want to push the vote on this next round.”

Updated @ 9:44 p.m.

Incumbent Councilman Chip Henderson won re-election in District 1, and Tuesday night, he recognized his voters for their support.

“We have worked really hard over the past four years, and the District 1 voters have rewarded us with a big win tonight,” Henderson said.

Looking forward, Henderson said he wants to continue his focus on maintenance to infrastructure by again doubling the pavement budget for his district.

Updated @ 9:41 p.m.

The winners of tonight’s mayoral and City Council races are below in bold. Two races, City Council districts 7 and 9, are headed to a runoff election in April because no candidate received a majority of the votes cast in this election.

The results for Chattanoogamayor are as follows:

  • Andy Berke – 11,991 (64 percent) – Incumbent
  • Larry Grohn – 4,941 (26 percent)
  • David Crockett – 1,438 (8 percent)
  • Chris Long – 407 (2 percent)
  • Write-in – 95 (1 percent)

In total, there were 18,872 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 1 City Council are as follows:

  • Chip Henderson – 1,315 (67 percent) – Incumbent
  • Susan Miller – 371 (19 percent)
  • Jay Nevans – 265 (13 percent)
  • Write-in – 18 (1 percent)

In total, there were 1,969 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 2 City Council are as follows:

  • Jerry Mitchell – 1,837 (65 percent) –Incumbent
  • Mickey McCamish – 964 (34 percent)
  • Write-in – 14 (0 percent)

In total, there were 2,815 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 3 City Council are as follows:

  • Ken Smith – 2,090 (95 percent) –Incumbent
  • Write-in – 105 (5 percent)

In total, there were 2,195 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 4 City Council are as follows:

  • Darrin Ledford – 1,464 (95 percent)
  • Write-in – 75 (5 percent)

In total, there were 1,539 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 5 City Council are as follows:

  • Russell Gilbert Sr. – 1,450 (58 percent) –Incumbent
  • Cynthia G. Stanley-Cash – 831 (33 percent)
  • Jeffrey E. Evans – 186 (7 percent)
  • Write-in – 19 (1 percent)

In total, there were 2,486 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 6 City Council are as follows:

  • Carol B. Berz – 1,424 (91 percent) –Incumbent
  • Write-in – 133 (9 percent)

In total, there were 1,557 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 7 City Council are as follows:

  • Chris M. Anderson – 810 (47 percent) – Incumbent
  • Erskine Oglesby Jr. – 630 (37 percent)
  • Manny Rico – 260 (15 percent)
  • Write-in – 13 (1 percent)

In total, there were 1,713 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 8 City Council are as follows:

  • Anthony Byrd – 741 (53 percent)
  • Moses Freeman Jr. – 544 (39 percent) –Incumbent
  • Thomas P. Kunesh – 94 (7 percent)
  • Write-in – 9 (1 percent)

In total, there were 1,388 votes cast in this race.

The results for District 9 City Council are as follows:

  • Yusuf A. Hakeem – 954 (41 percent) –Incumbent
  • DemetrusCoonrod – 600 (26 percent)
  • John L. Kerns – 491 (21 percent)
  • Pat Benson Jr. – 262 (11 percent)
  • Write-in – 8 (0 percent)

In total, there were 2,315 votes cast in this race.

Updated @ 7:39 p.m.

Shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m., the Hamilton County Election Commission released early vote results-which include military, nursinghomeand absentee ballots. Below are early vote results for Chattanooga’s mayoral and City Council races.

Note: These are not final results. Complete election results will follow later in the evening.

The early voteresults for Chattanoogamayor are as follows:

  • Andy Berke – 5,357 (69 percent)
  • David Crockett – 600 (8 percent)
  • Larry Grohn – 1,570 (20 percent)
  • Chris Long – 161 (2 percent)
  • Write-in – 30 (0 percent)

In total, there were 7,718 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 1 City Council are as follows:

  • Chip Henderson – 434 (65 percent)
  • Susan Miller – 127 (19 percent)
  • Jay Nevans – 99 (15 percent)
  • Write-in – 4 (1 percent)

In total, there were 664 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 2 City Council are as follows:

  • Mickey McCamish – 338 (32 percent)
  • Jerry Mitchell – 713 (68 percent)
  • Write-in – 2 (0 percent)

In total, there were 1,053 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 3 City Council are as follows:

  • Ken Smith – 1,051 (96 percent)
  • Write-in – 47 (4 percent)

In total, there were 1,098 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 4 City Council are as follows:

  • Darrin Ledford – 540 (95 percent)
  • Write-in – 28 (5 percent)

In total, there were 568 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 5 City Council are as follows:

  • Jeffrey E. Evans – 97 (8 percent)
  • Russell Gilbert Sr. – 685 (55 percent)
  • Cynthia G. Stanley-Cash – 458 (37 percent)
  • Write-in – 8 (1 percent)

In total, there were 1,248 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 6 City Council are as follows:

  • Carol B. Berz – 499 (93 percent)
  • Write-in – 36 (7 percent)

In total, there were 535 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 7 City Council are as follows:

  • Chris M. Anderson – 251 (50 percent)
  • Erskine Oglesby Jr. – 172 (34 percent)
  • Manny Rico – 78 (16 percent)
  • Write-in – 1 (0 percent)

In total, there were 502 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 8 City Council are as follows:

  • Anthony Byrd – 265 (47 percent)
  • Moses Freeman Jr. – 259 (46 percent)
  • Thomas P. Kunesh – 37 (7 percent)
  • Write-in – 2 (0 percent)

In total, there were 563 votes cast earlyin this race.

The early voteresults for District 9 City Council are as follows:

  • Pat Benson Jr. – 109 (10 percent)
  • DemetrusCoonrod – 300 (27 percent)
  • Yusuf A. Hakeem – 521 (47 percent)
  • John L. Kerns – 172 (16 percent)
  • Write-in – 3 (0 percent)

In total, there were 1,105 votes cast earlyin this race.

Before 7 p.m.

Polls close at 7 p.m. EST in Chattanooga, and with them, the first wave of election results will be released from early voting over the past two weeks.

We’ll be following returns from the Hamilton County Election Commission and will make updates to this article throughout the evening.

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