Former Chattanooga City Council Chair Pam Ladd picked up qualifying papers on Thursday to run for Hamilton County Commission District 4, announcing her intention to run in the May Democratic Primary against incumbent Warren Mackey.
County Commission District Four is entirely within the City of Chattanooga and overlaps with the district Ms. Ladd represented during her time on Chattanooga City Council. Many voters are new to District Four and this will be the first election after the last redistricting.
“Our community needs a voice that is experienced, a commissioner who works hard, and a leader with proven results,” Ms. Ladd said. “We need jobs, we need to fight crime, and we need to better prepare our children for the future. We have a lot of work to do, but working together we can get it done.”
Ms. Ladd is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, attending UT-Chattanooga as well as working for the TVA and Provident before starting her own business. She has served on the boards of the North River YMCA, United Way's Center for Non-Profits, and ArtsBuild. In recognition for her commitment to public service, she received the Girl's Inc. Unbought Unbossed Award. Additionally, Ms. Ladd has served as president of her homeowners association and has been a continuing partner with the Chamber of Commerce.
“I commit to being the hardest working person in public service in Hamilton County, because that’s what this district deserves. I’m excited to bring my experience, dedication, and drive to the commission,” Ms. Ladd noted. “County residents of the city pay the same amount of taxes and I want to make sure we have the same voice. We cannot afford to sit back—we’ve got to get to work.”
Ms. Ladd will be collecting signatures as well as meeting with voters in the coming weeks. The campaign will roll out an aggressive campaign to bring experienced, hardworking leadership to the district.