Debate schedule shaping up for Hamilton County mayoral candidates

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / SociallyU Studio CEO Andre Dantzler, right, adjusts a camera as the candidates, from left, Matt Hullander, Sabrena Smedley and Weston Wamp stand behind their podiums before the start of the Hamilton County Mayoral Republican Primary Debate on Monday, February 21, 2022 at SociallyU Studio.

Republican candidates for Hamilton County mayor are slated to have at least three more chances to publicly lay out their platforms as debates shape up ahead of the May primary election.

The Times Free Press and WRCB Local 3 News will together hold a debate from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 11. It will be broadcast live on Local 3 News and livestreamed by the Times Free Press at and Local 3 News at

The campaigns of candidates Matt Hullander of Chattanooga, Sabrena Smedley of Ooltewah and Weston Wamp of Chattanooga all have confirmed they will be participating.

"The importance of voters having ample time to hear from all three candidates in this once-in-a-generation race cannot be overstated," Wamp said in a Monday statement.

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