Blakemore Getting Into District 5 School Board Race

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Samuel Blakemore
Samuel Blakemore

Samuel Blakemore has picked up papers to run for District 5 school board representative.  

Mr. Blakemore is a retired city of Chattanooga fire marshal and is currently working for city court.  He has a BS degree in organizational management and a master's in theology.

Mr. Blakemore is a native of Chattanooga and he is married with five children.

He said, "I think my years of service in the community and working in the fire department has allowed me to develop many important relationships. This is the key to getting things done in any environment.

"Increasing Student enrollment in the district five schools would be another way to get new construction projects going at our district five schools. If enrollment is down, then school officials will look the other way when it comes to spending new dollars at our schools.

"And, thirdly, I intend to push for total BEP funding from the state and I will ask the city to make good on its promise to be education friendly and try to identify what that means. I believe we can all work together for the common good of the school district."


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