The Hamilton County Pachyderms weekly meeting today will feature a House District 27 debate.
The meeting begins at noon at GOP headquarters, 1428 Chestnut St., Suite E. Parking is available in the Finley Stadium lot.
The Greater Chattanooga Democratic Women's Club is hosting a Patriots' Indoor Picnic starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the IBEW Union Hall, 3922 Volunteer Drive.
Candidates for local, state and federal offices will gather with local Democrats for an evening of food, fun, fellowship and door prizes. Tickets are $10. Contact club president Jackie Dowell for reservations at 423-894-4676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reception for Sabrena Turner, Republican candidate for the District 7 Hamilton County Commission seat, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at 12545 Apison Pike. The hosts are Johnny and Lisa Woodruff.
To RSVP, call Lisa Woodruff at 423-413-9891 or email Jolitawoodruff@gmail.com.
Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Education will debate at 6 p.m. Thursday at Dalewood Middle School, 1300 Shallowford Road.
The debate is sponsored by UnifiEd. For more information, contact Jermaine Freeman at Jermaine@unifi-ed.org.
Betty Ann Allgood and the Rev. Kenneth Love, candidates for Democratic State Executive Committee, will host a public forum and campaign kickoff from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the East Ridge Senior Center, 1517 Tombras Ave. in East Ridge.
The forum will provide information about the role of State Executive Committee members who are to be elected Aug. 7. State Rep. JoAnne Favors who is unopposed, other Democratic elected officials, and candidates in the state primary and county general election will also be present to answer questions. Everyone is invited, and snacks will be provided.
For more information, contact Betty Ann Allgood at 423-622-6181 or email@example.com, or Kenneth Love at Kenneth.firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-502 550-0136.
A reception for Randy Fairbanks, Republican nominee for Hamilton County Commission District 1, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of Jim and Marilyn Vincent, 2610 Stone Sage Road in Soddy-Daisy.
Hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert will be served, and attendees should bring lawn chairs.
Jim Vincent is a former District 1 county commissioner and state representative.
Judson Phillips of the Tea Party Nation endorsed U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee.
Phillips noted that the National Journal called DesJarlais, a South Pittsburg physician seeking his third term, the fourth-most conservative member of the U.S. House. He called primary challenger Jim Tracy, a state senator from Shelbyville, an "establishment Republican" who "belongs to the Lamar Alexander wing of the Republican Party."
Tommy Crangle, Republican candidate for Tennessee House District 27, said state residents need to "make some decisions about how best to defend the security of our state and our citizens."
He referred to the high numbers of Central American children flooding across the nation's southern border and said it's the "primary reason" he is running for the state House.
"I am interested in protecting the citizens of Tennessee against a Federal government that seems intent on destroying the America that hardworking people love. This is particularly important for Tennessee since we have been forced to accept thousands of refugees under the U.N. Refugee Resettlement Program. These refugees have placed an incredible strain on Tennessee's social safety net and created additional burdens for taxpayers. I intend to join other legislators to push back on this program," said Crangle, a professional engineer and former TVA executive.