The left side of the Twitterverse lit up last night with the news that former state senator and liberal darling Andy Berke had been elected mayor of Chattanooga.
The news was not surprising. Berke has been the frontrunner since before he even announced his candidacy, and he ended up getting 72 percent of the vote. But for Tennessee Democrats, city halls are the last vestige of their strength in the state. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has irked many in the party as of late with his stance on legislation that would give the state ultimate authority over the approval of charter schools, but nevertheless he is generally considered a rising star in the party. My former City Paper colleague Joey Garrison wondered aloud in a winking tweet last night when Berke would run statewide. You can bet some Tenn Dems are wondering the same thing.
In other news out of Chattown, the city elected its first openly gay candidate last night: Chris Anderson won the District 7 City Council race.