It has been said that sometimes out of bad can come good. For anyone who has been following the battle over the Mahan Gap site and a proposed sewage plant, one thing is certain, there has been plenty of ‘bad’ to go around. It seems everyone has drawn a sword; the community, the WWTA, the Hamilton County Commissioners and the county mayor. There are battles within battles. There are environmental battles, community impact battles, tax increase battles - the list of problems is long and cumbersome. Yet there is something interesting happening in Hamilton County as two leaders are beginning to emerge out of the fray. What’s even more interesting is that these two leaders are from opposite sides of the isle. One is Republican and the other is Democrat. Both are women.
Hamilton County Chairwoman Sabrena Smedley and Hamilton County Commissioner Katherlyn Geter, the residents of Hamilton County are very fortunate to have you in our service. In a day and age where it seems that in order to support one party you must loathe the other, these two leaders are working together for the greater good of our community. We need more of this type of leadership.
A lot has been said about the ‘good ole boy network’ in Chattanooga. It has been noted that the executive board of the WWTA contains no women. And it is obvious that Ms. Geter and Ms. Smedley are the only women on the Hamilton County Commission. While there is no question that politics has been a male dominated arena in years past, times are changing and these two intelligent, forward thinking women are leading the way. They have not been afraid to ask tough questions, they have not been afraid to stand their ground even when being bullied by people with opposing views. They have chosen to exercise discernment and discretion when it was unpopular. These are traits that are too often lost in the game of politics and the pursuit of power.
Both women are educated, passionate about their work, dedicated to public service and fearless! How exciting is it to have role models (one from each political party) to inspire young girls for generations to come? One is a successful real estate agent who owns her own business, the other has dedicated her life to Human Services and has received recognition from the White House for being a “Champion of Change”. Both women are also mothers!
Out of bad, good has come. While the sewer battle continues to rage, a silver lining has emerged, new leadership is stepping up to the plate. Regardless of your political affiliation you can rest assured that you are being well represented for the good of the entire community.
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and you would achieve nothing. ~Margaret Thatcher