Harold Coker Supports Phil Smartt For Commission

Monday, February 03, 2014

I have known Phil Smartt for almost 40 years.  When I was serving as county commissioner of District 7, Phil was always there supporting our community.  In the beginning years of my tenure as a commissioner, I appointed Phil to the Hamilton County School Board. He would later serve as chairman of that board. Phil was also appointed to serve on the Waste Water Utility Board and became chairman of that board as well. During those years on the WWTA, he was fighting the city's efforts to annex areas of our district.

Phil is a true conservative with strong morals and Christian values that he has exemplified over the many years I have known him. He has the county government experience, small business owner experience, and proven leadership to move our district forward in a fiscally responsible way with low taxes and strong economic policies. 

His interest in the education of our children has been proven by his own family involvement in seeing that all six of his children and current grandchildren have the opportunity to attend college and pursue their dreams. Phil understands that not all children will attend college but they can contribute to an ever-changing work force through the proper training and programs. For this reason, he is proposing that Hamilton County build another vocational high school for those students. As you can see, Phil truly is the family and education candidate.

Please join me and other leaders such as former Mayor Claude Ramsey and former State Rep. Bobby Wood in supporting Phil for commissioner of District 7.  Elections do matter.

Harold Coker




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