CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – City Councilman Russell Gilbert is leaving Chattanooga government following his unsuccessful run for Mayor on Tuesday.
He issued this statement of his dozen years serving on the City Council.
“For the past twelve years I have been blessed and honored to serve our beautiful city
of Chattanooga. I have met many amazing people who share the same passion to
create a better Chattanooga for all. We have been able to come together as a city and
make the necessary changes as a community to make our city stronger and that is
what government is all about.
The Fifth District has entrusted me as their elected councilperson for four terms and I
could not be more humbled by that. I have learned so much over the years, the most
important being that it is not about me but about the people and it is my duty to
make the best decisions to best serve them.
I would like to personally congratulate all of the candidates who were a part of this
mayoral and city council election. The willingness to dedicate yourself to our city is a
bold step and is not to be taken lightly. I also want to congratulate those that won
their elections and give my encouragement to our citizens to participate in the runoff election to finish off strong for our city.
Thank you to the city of Chattanooga for trusting me as your councilperson. I look
forward to the future of our city and the continuing of creating a better Chattanooga