Wamp edges out Smedley to win Republican nomination for Hamilton County mayor

Chattanooga entrepreneur Weston Wamp on Tuesday narrowly won the Republican nomination for Hamilton County mayor, according to final unofficial vote totals released by the Hamilton County Elections Commission.

In one of the closest countywide primary elections ever in Hamilton County, Wamp gathered just over 35% of the vote to defeat Hamilton County Commission Chairwoman Sabrena Smedley and Chattanooga businessman Matt Hullander, the son of Hamilton County Trustee Bill Hullander.

Wamp, the 35-year-old son of former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Chattanooga, would be the youngest mayor in Hamilton County since the job was created nearly a half-century ago if he defeats an even younger Democratic rival, 25-year-old Matt Adams, in the Aug. 4 general election.

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Wamp, who campaigned at polls in Lookout Valley, Signal Mountain and Stuart Heights through the day Tuesday, said he felt a momentum of support as he talked with voters in recent days.