District 7 Needs Phil Smartt

Friday, February 21, 2014

I am writing to simply express an opinion regarding issues in the upcoming District 7 County Commission election.  I am a resident of District 7, and I happen to live within the city limits of Chattanooga.  I am quick to add that I am very proud to be a citizen of Chattanooga - a place that I have raised my family, educated myself and my family, built a long term career, and proudly call home.   

As best I can determine more than 50 percent of those who live in Hamilton County District 7 also reside in the city of Chattanooga.  At this point I have had the opportunity to see and hear all three Republican candidates for the county commissioner seat at meetings and debates.   

Candidate Turner seems to have only one issue - annexation - she has it as the only issue on her signage.  Frankly, I, along with more than 50 percent of District 7 residents who live in the city, could care less about annexation (besides, our state legislature is ending the chance of anybody being annexed without a vote - so it's no longer even an issue).   

Candidate Perkins only seems to want to talk about the sheriff's department.  I have great respect for our sheriff and his wonderful force.  But again, I live in the city.   

While I am still trying to learn all the issues I must say at this point that Candidate Smartt is the only person who seems to understand that more than half of the voters in District 7 live in the city as well as the county.  To my fellow District 7 residents who happen to live in the city of Chattanooga, we need a county commissioner who cares about the city as well as the county.  It appears to me that person is Phil Smartt.  

Joy Clemons

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