Charlie Lamar

Charlie Lamar is running for Ringgold City Council.

Candidate: Charlie Lamar

Office: Ringgold City Council

Government Experience: U.S. Army; working with government but not directly for government: major contract with TVA for six years (as an engineer), work with municipal water plants across the country

Education/Work Experience: BS degree in chemical engineering, 30+ years leadership in the chemical industry, management of commercial construction projects, practical small business experience

Problems city is facing: City needs to be more pro-business and pro-growth, take advantage of infrastructure that is ready for growth; city has reputation for being difficult for businesses to deal with; city needs to be not only business-friendly but needs to seek out business

Vision for city: See our locals enjoying their hometown for dining, entertainment and activities; have Ringgold be a destination for people from surrounding counties; have Ringgold be a leader in growth and working with businesses and not a follower; okay for city to be a little sleepy but not for it to seem like midnight at 6 p.m.; more transparency in government

Local/State elected officials candidate admires: Ringgold Mayor Nick Millwood, Ringgold City Councilman Kelly Bomar, fellow candidate Rhonda Swaney, Catoosa County Commissioner Charlie Stephens

Quote: “As I am an advocate for civic duty I urge everyone to vote. As a veteran I volunteered to defend our country and at the very center of that is our right to choose our representatives. Please consider me for city council. I am asking for your vote.”

Tamara Wolk is a reporter for The Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., and Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga. 

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