Chattanooga Times Free Press

Commission­er David Sharpe is running for re-election


Hamilton County Commission­er David Sharpe will run for re-election to the county’s District

6 seat this year, he announced Wednesday.

Sharpe, 45, a Democrat from Red Bank, was first elected in 2018 and is the second candidate to enter the race behind Republican Ruth Jeno, according to the Hamilton County Election Commission. Only Jeno had returned her qualifying petitions as of Thursday.

“What we really need in Hamilton County to look forward to are better schools, great jobs and leaders in office that look to the future and not to the past, and I think that’s what I bring to the conversati­on,” Sharpe said after Wednesday’s commission meeting.

If re-elected, Sharpe said a priority would be to invest further in schools, particular­ly to build up infrastruc­ture.

“I think there are certainly some schools that are completely outdated and inefficien­t to

run, so investing in our physical facilities is a way to find efficienci­es in the system,” he said.

In addition, he said the county has to “get ahold of” other infrastruc­ture issues such as the wastewater treatment system — which he said has been neglected for four decades — and roads.

In his first term, Sharpe said his biggest achievemen­ts include working to consolidat­e the county’s jails into the Silverdale Detention Center, which he said has improved the inmates’ experience while saving taxpayer money.

In addition, despite acknowledg­ing more work needs to be done, he noted the county has increased its investment­s into classrooms and teachers alike during his tenure in office.

Before joining the commission, Sharpe served on Chattanoog­a’s 21st Century Riverfront Steering Committee. He also served as co-chair of the Southern Brewers Festival.

After commission­ers passed a new 11-district map to replace the former nine-district map in the redistrict­ing process required by the 2020 U.S. Census in November, District 6 lost the entirety of Lookout Mountain and Lookout Valley.

The district also lost Southside-area neighborho­ods in Chattanoog­a, although it now includes the entirety of Red Bank, rather than just a portion of it.

The 2022 primary election will be May 3.

Candidates must return qualifying petitions to the elections commission by Feb. 17, and they have until Feb. 24 to withdraw from the race.

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