County Commission Newcomers Talk Post-Election Priorities
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Beginning September first, the Hamilton County Commission will add two new seats to represent recently added districts 10 and 11.
Thursday’s election decided who will occupy seats, and a familiar face will be returning to represent District 11 — Joe Graham.
Several years ago, Graham represented District 6, and he laid out his priorities to News 12 after being voted back onto the commission.
“Safety, our schools, and infrastructure — there’s a lot of infrastructure needs, a lot of things that have been going on — and, importantly, continuing on with the path that we’re already on, trying to help further along projects that are already being done,” said Graham.
An expansion of the commission is something Graham pushed for during the redistricting process.
“I was very proud of this. Back during redistricting, I fought to get more people on there, because there was only nine commissioners and I fought to get us as many as I could, and so we ended up with eleven. So, I’m very excited that there’s eleven. I think it serves the community better,” Graham said.
In District 10, Jeff Eversole won a seat after running unopposed.
Eversole feels that people have lost faith in government, and hopes to restore confidence.
“I consider myself the new kid on the block, and my first goal is to be quite and listen, to not only what our constituents are saying in District 10, but also within the county, and also to my peers,” said Eversole.
Among Eversole’s other goals is to put an increased emphasis on education.