David Sharpe announced his candidacy for Hamilton County Commission, District 6.
Mr. Sharpe "emphasized the need for a change in leadership for the communities of District 6."
He said, “The time has come for new leadership on the Hamilton County Commission.It is time to move past the politics of complacency and obstruction and elect leaders who are committed to do the hard work it takes to get things done. Hamilton County is a community on the rise and I believe in our potential—that is why I am running. We simply cannot afford to continue electing politicians who block progress and stand in the way of success.”
Mr. Sharpe, a husband and a full-time father of three, said he will be highlighting quality public education and efforts to modernize county government during his campaign. He said he "is advocating for a more responsive County Commission with a clear set of priorities."
He stated, “One of the most critical obligations the County Commission has is ensuring our public schools have the resources they need to be successful - the success of our entire community starts there.
“We will not be able to continue to thrive and grow as a community if we continue electing politicians who do not take this obligation seriously. The path to a good job begins at the doorstep of a great public school.”
Mr. Sharpe began his career at Big River Grille & Brewing Works, where he started out as a line cook and quickly worked his way up to become a regional brewer, supervising two dozen employees across three states.
Mr. Sharpe, 41, also served as a member of Chattanooga’s 21st Century Riverfront Steering Committee where he worked closely with other community leaders to help revitalize Chattanooga’s waterfront. He also served as co-chair of the Southern Brewers Festival, an event that has raised over a million dollars for local charities and draws thousands of visitors to Chattanooga.
He said, “We need to ensure that we are doing all we can to help our kids, our schools, and our community be successful. Hamilton County cannot continue to grow and prosper without broader success in public schools, safe streets, and a modern government with an eye on the future,”Sharpe said.“I am running because I want to move us forward and make sure that our community reaches its potential as a world-class destination for families and businesses.”
Mr. Sharpe was born in Hamilton County and is a seventh generation Tennessean. He attended St. Andrew's-Sewanee School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He and his wife, Rebekah, live in Hamilton County with their three children.
Mr. Sharpe is running in the Democratic primary taking place on May 1. The general election for County Commission seats will take place on Aug. 2.