Kelvin Scott seeks 4th Dis­trict com­mis­sion seat

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Ed­u­ca­tor and busi­ness­man Kelvin Scott says he is seek­ing the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion for the 4th Dis­trict seat on the Hamil­ton County Com­mis­sion.

Scott is tak­ing on in­cum­bent War­ren Mackey in the May 1 Demo­cratic pri­mary. The win­ner will face Chris Dahl, an in­de­pen­dent, in the Aug. 2 county gen­eral elec­tion.

In a news re­lease, Scott said his vi­sion for the dis­trict in­cludes “High qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties to pre­pare a 21st cen­tury work­force, clos­ing the health dis­par­i­ties gap through in­vest­ment in needed in­fra­struc­ture and pro­grams, over­haul­ing of­fender ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams to foster safer com­mu­ni­ties and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strate­gies tar­geted to pro­duce a well-trained work­force and sup­port small busi­ness.”

“Every res­i­dent of Hamil­ton County’s 4th Dis­trict de­serves fair­ness, eq­uity and ac­cess to op­por­tu­nity,” Scott said in the re­lease. “I’m run­ning to rep­re­sent and en­gage the silent ma­jor­ity of Dis­trict 4, the peo­ple who of­ten feel voice­less, pow­er­less and dis­en­fran­chised from the lo­cal po­lit­i­cal process. I will fight to pur­sue poli­cies and ac­count­able stew­ard­ship on those is­sues that are pri­or­i­ties for the bet­ter­ment of the youngest to the el­dest res­i­dents of the dis­trict — jobs, health care, safety, ed­u­ca­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.”

A na­tive Chat­tanoogan, Scott grad­u­ated from Tyner High School. Af­ter ser­vice in the U.S. Army, he at­tended Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Arnold, Md. He now holds dual mas­ter of arts and Ph.D. de­grees in Chris­tian lead­er­ship from An­ti­och Univer­sity. He is an ac­tive mem­ber of Olivet Bap­tist Church, where he launched the GED jobs and ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram. He also owns An­other Bless­ing Clean­ing Ser­vice.

Scott said his his­tory of pub­lic ser­vice, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and youth de­vel­op­ment give him a well-rounded per­spec­tive on the is­sues fac­ing ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents and youth. He has served as a per­ma­nent sub­sti­tute teacher for the Hamil­ton County Schools for more than 10 years, and as a high school coach.

He has served as youth co­or­di­na­tor for the Hamil­ton County Demo­cratic Party and was ap­pointed a county elec­tion com­mis­sioner in 2012 by state Rep. JoAnne Fa­vors.

Scott said com­mu­ni­ties and politi­cians must have ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion to re­solve chal­lenges and unify the dis­trict, the county at large and even the city, where ap­pli­ca­ble.

“Since Dis­trict 4 is 100 per­cent com­prised of city res­i­dents, I would like to see the Hamil­ton County Com­mis­sion form a stronger col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Chattanooga City Coun­cil on mat­ters of com­mon con­cern,” he said.

The voter regis­tra­tion dead­line for the May 1 pri­mary is April 2. Early vot­ing is April 11-26.

Kelvin Scott

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