Editor’s note: This Q&A is one in a series that aims to allow voters to get to know candidates who are running in the Aug. 2 election. Nooga.com sent questionnaires to candidates on the ballot. We will post responses as we get them.
Chattanooga resident, Chris Dahl, 35, is an independent seeking the County Commission seat in District 4.
He’s a “regional history investigator” and founder of a local nonprofit, Chattanooga Has History.
Democrat Warren Mackey is also on the ballot for this race in the Aug. 2 election.
Early voting runs through July 28.
What is the most crucial challenge facing your district, and how you plan to address it?
The challenges of the district is like a string on a sweater and there’s really no other challenge more important than other.
So the challenge [of] facing new challenges as the city and county grows has been something plaguing my district.
What opportunities do you see in your district’s near future and how do you plan to help seize them?
There will be plenty of opportunity for redevelopment because the infrastructure is failing due to nearly a decade of neglect.
There’s been a lot of discussion about equity in schools, what education-related issues are important to you and why?
Parents have been disenfranchised from there tax dollars, while the schools have been pushed into decay.
The equity of the school system lies within the students.
Hamilton County’s children have far more stored potential then our school system can unlock.
With cuts to arts, varsity music programs, and alike, redundancies in math courses, and all around lowering of the bar.
I will seek an audit of the school system.
It is vital that we maintain our schools to provide an enticing environment and curriculum.
That Hamilton County’s children would want to participate and gain an experience that will last a lifetime.
What does transparency in government mean to you, and what actions would you take, if any, to increase transparency in city government?
Transparency in government residents hear a lot about but rarely do we see it.
I will demand adherence to public access laws by all commissioners, as well as county mayor. Whether the community is aware of the laws or not.
How do you believe a leader should handle people they don’t get along or agree with?
An elected representative serves the people or they do not serve at all.
What do you want the public to know about your background or personal life if anything?
I am tired of the County Government not hearing the people.
Why should residents vote for you and not one of your opponents?
Residents should seek full value from their tax dollars by their vote.
District 4 deserves to be No. 1.
My opponent does not have this to offer.
What is your personal motivation for running for this office and wanting to lead?
Too much of all the same ole same ole. Lip service has never made any sense.