CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) Ooltewah Elementary School hosted a meet and greet with some of the Hamilton County hopefuls for the upcoming election in August.
This was meant to be for county commissioners and school board members, but there were some judges who showed up to try and grab some voters.
As much as this was a time for candidates to impress the possible constituents, many politicians benefited from this forum greatly.
“It’s more what I get from the parents instead of what the parents get from me,” said Dean Moorhouse a Hamilton County District 9 candidate.
They wanted to learn as much as they could from this community. Patrick D. Hampton is running for the school board in District 5 and feels this will help him moving forward.
“I want to be able to be able to take some of the things they’re doing in this school and in the community and try to bring those strategies back to District 5,” said Hampton.
The Parent Teacher Association President, Miranda Perez, said she was happy to see the reaction from politicians and community members, but does admit she used this opportunity for much more.
“We were approved for an Arts and Science room but they lights are off,” said Perez. “We have no funding for an Arts and Science teacher. Why are our tax dollars going to this if we don’t have a teacher?”
All the candidates nodded and agreed with that sentiment but there is no plan for now for what should be done.
The success of this forum has many in the community wanting another meet and greet in July before the election.