State Rep. Marc Gravitt, who is running for Hamilton County Register of Deeds, said he has raised $100,478 from 99 donors for the May 1 primary election.
He will be facing Sheldon Wright, a deputy clerk in the office, in the Republican primary.
Vickie Schroyer, another current employee, has picked up papers to run as a Democrat.
Pam Hurst served the office for 24 years, but is retiring.
Rep. Gravitt said, “Working hard for the citizens of Hamilton County is a privilege that will never fade. I am so very grateful for the support I have received from the business and community leaders, as well as other elected officials for the campaign ahead, and I will continue working hard to earn the voters’ trust.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1984 and has operated Gravitt Auctions & Appraisals over the last 25 years. He was on the East Ridge City Council and served as vice mayor. He was recently inducted in the Tennessee Auctioneers Hall of Fame, being only the second inductee from the Chattanooga area, with the first being his father, Ken Gravitt.
Mr. Gravitt and his wife, Cleo, currently live in East Ridge. Cleo Gravitt has worked at Notre Dame High School as a teacher for 18 years, and they attend Christ United Methodist Church in East Brainerd.