Hamilton County Commissioner Time Boyd will not seek a fourth term on the commission.
Boyd, who represents District 8 which includes all of East Ridge, made the announcement at Wednesday’s county commission meeting. Boyd said he wanted to focus on family and a new business venture in Dunlap.
Boyd told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he believed 12 years was enough of his life to give as a public servant. “I’m an elected official and a very bad politician,” he to the TFP. “I call things the way they are. I like transparency. I say the issues, and a lot of people don’t like that.”
Boyd, a Republican, was first elected in 2010 by defeating Hamilton County School Board Representative Kenny Smith. Former East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert made two attempts to gain the seat and was defeated both times in the primary. In the 2018 primary, Boyd trounced Lambert, who had accused the incumbent of threatening him to drop out of the contest.
Boyd told the TFP that one of his biggest accomplishments was spearheading legislation that requires a 21-day period of discussion before any vote on property tax increases takes place.
As of Wednesday, no candidates filed with the Hamilton County Election Commission to run for what will be a vacant seat.