Name: Pam Ladd
* Age: 52
* Occupation: Owner of Custom Custodial Inc.
* Education: Master’s of science in industrial organization, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
* Personal: Two dogs, Mac and Molly
Name: George Patten
* Age: 57
* Occupation: Real estate agent
* Education: Bachelor’s of science in biology, Furman University
* Personal: Wife, Shana; children, Margaret, 27, and George, 24
* Keeping greenway initiative on track through Hixson area
* Encourage green building in community and city
* Increase recycling
* Fight crime along state Highway 58 and strengthen neighborhood associations
* Pay careful attention to city budget during the recession and make sure essential services are not cut
* Make sure infrastructure is in place as Volkswagen builds its plant in Enterprise South
* Promote training for new jobs, both industrial and within other fields
* Plan for Volkswagen growth by enforcing zoning plan
* Move forward with greenway initiative through Hixson
* Listen and respond to the needs of District 3
Two candidates for City Council’s District 3 say their top priorities include preparing for Volkswagen’s auto plant and making sure a greenway running from the Riverwalk to North Chickamauga Creek Gorge is completed.
“I would be excited to ride my bike across C.B. Robinson Bridge to downtown some day to some event,” said District 3 candidate George Patten.
Mr. Patten faces Pam Ladd in the District 3 race, which is being vacated by current City Councilman Dan Page. Mr. Page decided not to run again, saying he wanted to spend more time with business and family.
The city election is March 3. District 3 covers a large portion of north Hixson and areas west of state Highway 58.
While the two candidates agreed on Volkswagen and establishing a continuous greenway trail through Hixson, they differed on some details of how to make the district a better community and how to tackle citywide issues.
Ms. Ladd, owner of Custom Custodial Inc., said she wants more environmental focus such as looking at smart growth instead of sprawl, offering better solutions for curbside recycling and making sure vacant buildings along Highway 58 are considered by developers as Volkswagen growth comes into the area.
“I want to make sure we go green,” she said. “Not just for Hixson, but everywhere.”
Mr. Patten, a local real estate agent, said he thinks his real estate background will help him as developers look at moving in as part of Volkswagen growth. He said he also supports smart growth and making sure zoning regulations are enforced.
He would take a stand for Chattanooga and community values, he said, to make sure developers do not overdevelop or do anything that would devalue a community.
“They are not always going to get their way,” he said.
Mr. Patten said he also wants to make sure jobs are promoted as the city grows, not just for Volkswagen but for other services that might be created. Among those are a higher demand for emergency services and professionals that will assist with those moving in with VW, he said.
“We hear so much about VW, we forget to think that not everyone is going to be able to work at VW,” he said.
Ms. Ladd said one of her platforms is fighting crime along Highway 58 and creating more neighborhood associations.
“You see a whole different standard in a neighborhood with a neighborhood association,” she said.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...