First Democrat jumps into Republican-filled Hamilton County mayoral race

Contributed photo / Democrat Matt Adams is running for Hamilton County mayor.

The newest Hamilton County mayoral candidate is the youngest in the race and the only Democrat.

Matt Adams, 25, has joined the campaign and so far has no rival in the May 3 Democratic primary. He has not yet returned his qualifying petitions.

"I think that it's important to provide a real choice in the matter," Adams said during a Wednesday sit-down interview when asked about running as a Democrat in a deep-red county. "And I also think that there are several issues that aren't being discussed by other candidates."

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His age also allows him to bring forth fresh ideas, he added.

If he qualifies for the primary election and subsequently is able to oust the chosen Republican candidate in the August general election, Adams said his priorities include infrastructure and public safety.