County Commission Chairman Fred Skillern qualified on Tuesday to seek a new term on the commission.
He said, "I will do what I have always done, which is to be a conservative representative for the people of District 1."
Commissioner Skillern is opposed in the Republican primary by Randy Fairbanks.
After serving 20 years on the school board, Commissioner Skillern was appointed to fill a vacancy on the commission which occurred when Jim Vincent won a seat in the state House. He then won his first full term in the 2002 election.
Commissioner Skillern has served on the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Carter Street Corporation, the Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Committee and the Soddy-Daisy Planning Commission.
His family founded and owns Dixie Souvenirs. He formerly worked at DuPont.
He is married to Bettye Stroud Skillern.
The Skillerns recently donated $3 million to Memorial Health System to set up a cancer center in memory of their son, Rees Skillern.