Former Friends Locked in a Contentious Race for Hamilton County Property Assessor

The contest for Hamilton County Commission Property Assessor is heating up, pitting two friends and colleagues against each other in a deeply personal race to the March election. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has provided details regarding the campaigns of incumbent Marty Hayes and hopeful assessor, current Hamilton County Commission Chairman Randy Fairbanks, both of whom served together for years as county commissioners. Fairbanks says he is running to restore trust in the office, maintaining that Hayes flip-flopped on discretionary spending and alleges distrust in his leadership by assessor's office employees. Hayes touts his experience and his qualifications to maintain his role, highlighting a 2018 Assessor of the Year Award and 2019 leadership award from the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers. He believes Fairbanks' attacks are motivated by personal reasons, not his professional record.

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