Perry Perkins, candidate for Hamilton County Commission District 7, will be meeting with members of the East Brainerd community on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6-8 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Perkins and hear about his vision for the district.
The event will be held at Heritage House Arts and Civic Center at 1428 Jenkins Road. Mr. Perkins hopes the whole community will come out since the last event was canceled due to the inclement weather. He will discuss issues surrounding public education, economic growth and public safety within the county.
"I will serve all the citizens of East Brainerd, city and county alike, meeting the needs and serving the community in a fair and balanced way," Mr. Perkins said.
Mr. Perkins will run for the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 6. The current commissioner for the district, Larry Henry, is running for Circuit Court clerk.
Mr. Perkins is a graduate of Tyner High School and a fourth-generation home painter. He began working in his grandfather's painting business in 1974, and in 2005 started his own residential painting business, Perry's Painting, Inc. Mr. Perkins served as a reserve deputy with Hamilton County from 1978-1982 and from 2006-2011 as well as with the city of East Ridge from 1982-1987. An active member of the Alhambra Shriners, Mr. Perkins has been an associate member of the board of the Shriners Children's Hospital in Lexington, Ky., since January 2010. He also works with the Hamilton Family YMCA and served as a board member from 2006-2008. From 1992-2004, he chaired the Fundraising and Activities board for the Fraternal Order of Eagles, helping raise money for the local Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Mr. Perkins resides in Apison with his wife, Monica.