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HAMILTON COUNTY EARLY VOTING: FEB. 10 – FEB. 23

Early Voting for the March 1st Presidential Preference Primary and the County Primary Election is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, February 10th and conclude on Tuesday, February 23rd.

March 1st Elections
Presidential Preference Primary Candidates
Voters will have the opportunity to vote for the Republican OR Democratic presidential candidate they like the best as part of the presidential candidate nomination process.

County Primary Candidates
The individuals who obtain the most votes during the County Primary Election will advance to the County General Election to run against the other party’s nominee and any independents who qualified for that office.

Assessor of Property
Democratic Candidates: Mark Siedlecki
Republican Candidates: Mary Haynes, Sterling Jetton, Randy Johnston

Criminal Court Judge, Division II
Democratic Candidates: No candidate qualified
Republican Candidates: Tom Greeholtz, Mike Little, Boyd Patterson

For 2016, the commission had to seek an alternative to the Northgate Mall location due to increased development at the mall. Early Voting will remain in this area; however, it has been relocated from inside Northgate Mall to the North River Civic Center located just off the mall perimeter road between the U.S. Post Office and Northgate Library.

Our Early Voting locations are as follows:
Brainerd Rec Center
1010 North Moore Road
Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm

Eastwood Church
4300 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road
Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm

Election Commission Office
700 River Terminal Road
Monday – Friday 8am-7pm
Saturday 9am-6pm

New Hixson Location
North River Civic Center
1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102
Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm

Sample ballots can be found by following the link below:
http://elect.hamiltontn.gov/Home/News/tabid/1016/ArticleId/239/Sample-Ballots-for-the-Presidential-Preference-and-Hamilton-County-Primaries-are-now-online.aspx

TAKE ACTION – EDUCATION IS THE ANSWER! CHATT2.0

If you could move 8,000 Hamilton County adults out of poverty to a living annual wage, would you?

If you could close the skills gap between our potential workers and unfilled jobs, would you?

What would it take and where would you begin?

Today’s well-educated students become tomorrow’s successful workforce. One of the first questions prospective businesses ask when considering investing in our region? They ask about the quality of our schools. And as the focus on the skills gap between our workforce and available jobs becomes more apparent, it’s imperative that business leaders and employees take a leadership role on the community-wide team that tackles these issues.

Business, community and education leaders agree it’s time to work together to create measurable results. Chattanooga Times Free Press featured an economic development story focused on Chattanooga’s workforce development and the education pipeline that leads to living wage jobs. I encourage you to read the article, show up for planned community meetings and become engaged in our success. We’ve done this before as a community and we can do it again. Consider the alternative – losing our momentum and more importantly, losing another generation of students. We can’t afford to ignore our situation.

In the next 100 days, a broad-based community effort will begin. It will involve community listening sessions and action plans. And I encourage you to take a leadership role in championing our goal of improving our education and workforce outcomes. Change will not happen immediately and we expect some changes to take many years. But what happens if we don’t start at all?

Chatt2.0 has issued a 46-page research report that identifies the educational needs of our community to maintain Chattanooga’s economic success and improved quality of life. To download a free report and hear about future community conversations, visit chatt2..org. Be part of the solution!

Dialogues on Public Education – A Documentary Event

Thursday, February 4th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Edney Building, 1100 Market St.

What would it mean to transform public education? What kind of education are kids in Hamilton County growing up with? A new documentary about local public education asks for your side of this story.

Come join a special film screening and help lead the public conversation around public schools in Hamilton County.

For the past year local independent filmmaker Robert Ashton Winslow has been tracking the big questions for Chattanooga’s future. During Part One he collected more than 60 interviews with community leaders, and now Part two invites the community to host these screening events for public conversation.

This public event on Thursday, February 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm is co-hosted by the Public Education Foundation, UnifiEd, and the Hamilton County School District and will be held at The Edney Building on the corner of Market St. and 11th St.

Southern Dialogues is an independent documentary series produced by Chattanooga native Robert Ashton Winslow about civic life and changing times in the American South.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IS FRIDAY!!

Voter Registration Form: http://elect.hamiltontn.gov/Portals/12/General/Registration%20Form%20ss-3010.pdf.

If you have any questions, visit the Election Commission website: http://elect.hamiltontn.gov/Registration.aspx.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

It’s that time of year again, and our first elections are March 1, 2016. In order to vote you must be registered at least 30 days before the election date. That means your forms need to be received by the Hamilton County Election Commission no later than Friday, January 29th. Please use the link below to download and complete the Voter Registration Form:

http://elect.hamiltontn.gov/Portals/12/General/Registration%20Form%20ss-3010.pdf. If you have any questions, visit the Election Commission website: http://elect.hamiltontn.gov/Registration.aspx. Below is a list of the elections coming up this year:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 is the Presidential Preference Primary. Voters will have the opportunity to vote for the Republican OR Democratic presidential candidate they like the best as part of the presidential candidate nomination process. It is also the Hamilton County Primary for the office of Assessor of Property and a called election for Criminal Court Judge, Division II. The individuals that obtain the most votes during the County Primary Election will advance to the County General Election to run against the other party’s nominee and any independents that qualified for that office.

August 4, 2016 is the County General & State Primary Elections. The winners of the County Primary will face off against each other and any independent candidates for the final selection for office. During the State Primary for U.S. Congress, State Senate, and State Representative, voters will select the candidate they like best to move on to the State General Election in November.

November 8, 2016 is the State General and City Elections. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is the State General Election date for the U.S. President, offices on the August 4th State Primary Ballot, and offices for most Hamilton County municipalities. The winners of these races will assume office.

Please be sure to VOTE and encourage your loved ones, both near and far, to do so as well.

There’s a Board for That!

Do you have a desire to be part of something bigger than yourself? Do you want to live in a vibrant community that meets your needs and the needs of your family? Did you know that there are all kinds of opportunities here in Chattanooga to be part of the solution?

The City of Chattanooga has dozens of boards of interest that YOU can serve on. Are you interested in air pollution control? There’s a board for that. Are you interested in the welfare of animals? There’s a board for that. Are you interested in improving the accessibility of community services and spaces for those with disabilities? There’s a board for that. How about the Library, health education, multicultural affairs or youth and family development? There’s a board for those, too!

Please follow this link to explore your interests and how you might serve: http://chattanooga.granicus.com/boards/w/0c1702956935de32/vacancies

You may apply on-line OR, if you’d like a more personal and direct application, you may send your resume and a letter of interest to Carol Berz, Chairperson of the Chattanooga City Council, at cberz@chattanooga.gov.

WE ARE WIP: WOMEN IMPACTING POLICY

The purpose of the non-partisan Women Impacting Policy (WIP) Committee is to:
 Enhance women’s understanding of being politically active, both individually and within a group
 Encourage women to run for political office
 To increase the influence of women in Chattanooga by utilizing political clout on behalf of women in the community through training, recruitment and advocacy

During 2015 the WIP Committee accomplished the following goals:
 Finalized “Criteria for Engagement,” a flowchart that provides a four-way strategic test for how the WIP Committee will engage in public policy issues
 Developed a stronger connection with local agencies including the Chattanooga League of Women Voters, the Women’s Fund, Girls Inc., Daughters of the American Revolution and others by inviting them to participate in the WIP Committee and offering a representative to participate with their agencies
 Completed a survey of women who have run and/or served in public office to understand how CWLI and WIP Committee members could support them; the following needs were identified –
• Volunteers to help with anything and everything
• Education about the issues and about how to help in a political campaign or serve in public office
• Registering and encouraging women to vote
• Assistance with fund-raising
 Developed and posted a 24-month timeline for running for public office
 Issued regular blog posts about elections and women in politics

In addition, the WIP Committee, with the much appreciated support of CWLI and several other agencies, sponsored “The Vote that Changed History” event at the Girls Preparatory School celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment securing women’s right to vote. The hope is to continue an annual celebration culminating in a 100th celebration in 2019 with a parade and march through downtown Chattanooga.

In 2016 WIP will be educating the membership about the local and state elections happening this coming year and gauging individuals’ interest in being more involved in supporting campaigns and/or running for office. The WIP Committee has also identified the following areas in which to be involved:
 Improving voting participation in our community
 Improving equal representation in governance
 Improving economic equality for women

To learn more or to join us, please contact the WIP Chair, Deborah Hyde, at duncan.deb@hotmail.com or at (423) 991-6967.

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