Wamp says criticism of stadium is unrelated to previous discussions of work for the Lookouts

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Weston Wamp speaks to the room on July 5, 2022. Governor Bill Lee along with Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs were in town to show support for Republican nominee Weston Wamp.

Hamilton County mayoral candidate Weston Wamp says his criticism of a proposal for public funding of a new Chattanooga Lookouts stadium is not personal even though he was invested in and later sold his holdings in the minor league team after discussions about him working for the Lookouts fell apart.

Wamp said in an interview and emails that if he is elected next month, he will work to act in the public interest in decisions related to building and financing a new stadium on the Southside.

"I am friends with all of the local owners of the Lookouts, and I love baseball," Wamp told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Saturday. "But if elected county mayor, my loyalty won't be to friends. It will be to taxpayers."

Wamp said that in 2014, East Ridge native John Woods talked with Wamp about gaining access to funding for the Lookouts from the Lamp Post Group, where Wamp worked at the time.