Hamilton County DA opponents Pinkston, Wamp clash at first event together

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At their first face-to-face showing as political opponents Tuesday, District Attorney Neal Pinkston and challenger Coty Wamp debated who is a dedicated prosecutor and who is focused on just politics.

In what was pitched to be a cordial discussion about the candidates' visions during the Hamilton County Republican Women's monthly meeting at Red Stone Estates in Chattanooga, Wamp laid into Pinkston and alleged he was a failed prosecutor who avoids the public eye.

Meanwhile, Pinkston painted Wamp as a politician rather than a prosecutor.

"We need new leadership," Wamp said. "I want you to think about the amount of times you've heard from him. When have you heard about priorities, when have you heard about focusing on gang and violent crime, when have you heard about major drug cases? The answer is not very much."