Population 2010

336,463

Population 2020

366,207

Registered Voters

171,113

Republicans

92,108

Democrat

75,522

Minor Party

3,483

No Party

Municipalities

Cities Population
Chattanooga181,099
Collegedale11,109
East Ridge22,167
Lakesite1,856
Red Bank11,899
Ridgeside446
Soddy-Daisy13,619
Lookout Mountain2,058
Signal Mountain1,898

Superintendent of Schools

Treasurer / Tax Collector

County Commission

District 1GENE-O SHIPLEY
District 2CHIP BAKER, CHAIRMAN
District 3REG MARTIN
District 4WARREN MACKEY
District 5GREG BECK
District 6DAVID SHARPE
District 7LEE HELTON
District 8MIKE CHAUNCEY
District 9DR. STEVE HIGHLANDER
District 10JEFF EVERSOLE

School Board

District 1Mrs. Rhonda Thurman
District 2Mr. Marco Perez
District 3Mr. Joe Smith
District 4 Vice Chair Mrs. Tiffanie Robinson
District 5Mrs. Karitsa Jones
District 6 Mr. Ben Connor
District 7 Mr. Joe Wingate
District 8 Mr. Larry Grohn
District 9Mr. Gary Kuehn
District 10 Mrs. Faye Robinson
District 11Mrs. Jill Black

Brief Political History

Politically, Hamilton County is conservative. Along with the rest of East Tennessee, it has been supportive of the Republican party since the Civil War, even as the rest of the Solid South voted staunchly Democratic. However, unlike most counties in East Tennessee, Hamilton County is a strong two party county, with the Democratic candidate usually receiving at least 40% of the popular vote in presidential elections, and the city of Chattanooga tending to lean Democratic. In 2004, Republican George Bush defeated Democrat John Kerry 57% to 41%. The last Democrat to win the county was Harry S. Truman in 1948, although George Wallace did win a plurality in 1968.[45]

In 2008, Republican John McCain defeated Democrat Barack Obama by a slightly smaller margin of 55% to 43%. In 2012, Republican Mitt Romney defeated incumbent Obama by a margin of 56% to 42%. Four years later in 2016, in businessman Donald Trump's sweep of Appalachia, Hamilton County furnished the GOP with a mildly increased margin of 55% to 39% for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2020, eventual winner Joe Biden received the highest percentage of the popular vote of any Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

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