Rep. Favors Endorses Hakeem For House 28

Monday, March 12, 2018

Longtime House District 28 Rep. JoAnne Favors has endorsed former City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem as her successor.

She spoke in behalf of him at a campaign launch at the Bessie Smith Hall.

Rep. Favors said, "Yusuf Hakeem is the right person for the job. [...] He has years of experience in public service, and would not face a learning curve as a first time elected official. He is prepared for the work now,” said Rep.

Favors, referring to his relationships with key people, including elected officials across the aisle, and his relationships within his district.

"In 2020, Tennessee will go through redistricting again, and key to this would be someone with prior experience in governance who knows the political landscape of District 28 that can hit the ground running. For such responsibilities as sensitive as redistricting, this is crucial to minimizing the impact to the citizens of House District 28 for years to come.

"We have someone who will continue my legacy, [...] to fight for funding education, to fight for the safety our kids.”

The launch party included a video presentation, introduced by Mr. Hakeem’s children and grandchildren. The video outlined his platform, but also included more personal information regarding a behind-the-scenes look at the former council member’s life, rarely shared with the public.

Following the presentation was a speech by Davisha L. Johnson, Mr. Hakeem’s campaign manager, who has years of experience working closely with elected officials, including past and present top leaders in the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus as well as the Tennessee State legislature. She thanked Rep. Favors, and added, “This is a new Hakeem. A new race. A new beginning for Chattanooga and for Tennessee.” She extends the sentiment, “This will not be a negative campaign. The positivity of the Hakeem for House campaign is key, and it is the bedrock of our strategy that will lead Yusuf Hakeem to becoming your next state representative for House District 28.”

Mr. Hakeem concluded the campaign launch by thanking supporters, adding, “We have a fear of that which we do not know and understand. This is an opportunity for all citizens of District 28 to meet and get to know the real Hakeem. I am motivated and ready to go to work now for the citizens of House District 28 as your next state representative.”

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AUTRY, JERMEKA RENEE  5141 WOODLIN VIEW CIR CHATTANOOGA, 37410  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- BATY, JASON BRENT  1071 RAVEN CLIFF RD GRAYSVILLE, 37338  Age at Arrest: 41 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Consumer Protection Bill Sponsored By Rep. Travis Passes House Unanimously

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) that strengthens Tennessee’s consumer protection laws was approved.   House Bill 1879,  which passed by a 91-0 vote tally, prohibits members of the health care industry from soliciting business from victims of accidents or natural disasters for a period of 30 days following an incident. The measure exempts ... (click for more)

Why Are Pictures Of Our President And Vice President Not Hanging At Our Federal Courthouse?

I would like to know why the pictures of our President and Vice President have not been hung in our Federal Courthouse. They have been approved by the White House. Every time I call they tell me they are on order. Tommy Fryar (click for more)

Roy Exum: Battling The Beggars

The revelation that Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy wants to crack down on the city’s panhandlers is every bit as refreshing as the beautiful jonquils now bursting forth across our city. In a recent poll on, over 80 percent of those who live here indicated they are scared to go downtown and that is inexcusable. This is no way for anyone to live. But I can ... (click for more)

Vols Suffer Heartbreaking Loss To Loyola, 63-62

No. 3 seed Tennessee's season came to an end on Saturday night as the Vols suffered a heartbreaking loss to 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago, 63-62, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.   The Vols (26-9) made one last push at the end of the game, using an 8-0 run to take a 62-61 lead with 20 seconds remaining in the game, capped off by a three-point play from SEC Player ... (click for more)

UTC's Carr Run at NCAAs Ends in the Blood Round

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Bryce Carr's run at the NCAA Championships ended tonight in the blood round at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  Carr fell to Cornell's Max Dean in the final match of his career. Carr was the aggressor early, with two takedowns in the first period.  He opened up a 4-2 lead after the first period, but could not put ... (click for more)