Updated at 4:45 p.m. to correct that Kelvin Scott is currently pursuing degrees from Antioch University.
Educator and businessman Kelvin Scott says he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 4th District seat on the Hamilton County Commission.
Scott is taking on incumbent Warren Mackey in the May 1 Democratic primary. The winner will face Chris Dahl, an independent, in the Aug. 2 county general election.
In a news release, Scott said his vision for the district includes "High quality education and apprenticeship opportunities to prepare a 21st century workforce, closing the health disparities gap through investment in needed infrastructure and programs, overhauling offender education programs to foster safer communities and economic development strategies targeted to produce a well-trained workforce and support small business."
"Every resident of Hamilton County's 4th District deserves fairness, equity and access to opportunity," Scott said in the release. "I'm running to represent and engage the silent majority of District 4, the people who often feel voiceless, powerless and disenfranchised from the local political process. I will fight to pursue policies and accountable stewardship on those issues that are priorities for the betterment of the youngest to the eldest residents of the district — jobs, health care, safety, education and economic development."
A native Chattanoogan, Scott graduated from Tyner High School. After service in the U.S. Army, he attended Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md. He is currently pursuing dual master of arts and Ph.D. degrees in Christian leadership from Antioch University. He is an active member of Olivet Baptist Church, where he launched the GED jobs and apprenticeship program. He also owns Another Blessing Cleaning Service.
Scott said his history of public service, community involvement and youth development give him a well-rounded perspective on the issues facing educators, parents and youth. He has served as a permanent substitute teacher for the Hamilton County Schools for more than 10 years, and as a high school coach.
He has served as youth coordinator for the Hamilton County Democratic Party and was appointed a county election commissioner in 2012 by state Rep. JoAnne Favors.
Scott said communities and politicians must have effective communication to resolve challenges and unify the district, the county at large and even the city, where applicable.
"Since District 4 is 100 percent comprised of city residents, I would like to see the Hamilton County Commission form a stronger collaboration with the Chattanooga City Council on matters of common concern," he said.
The voter registration deadline for the May 1 primary is April 2. Early voting is April 11-26.