• Jesyka Dereta

Chris Long, Mayoral Candidate for Chattanooga, Tennessee

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

When you first go to Candidate For Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee Chris Long’s website or Facebook page, you will notice him in a construction hat and a plaid button up.

“I’m not your typical Mayoral candidate,” explains Chris Long in his own words.

Born and raised in a small town called Winchester, Tennessee, Long has always been in the construction industry since he can remember. His passion for it grew as he got older, even surviving many cold Tennessee winters.

“I remember hitting my thumb with a hammer while working on a project and I didn’t feel it at first because that’s how cold and numb my hands were,” recalls Long.

That’s when Long transitioned into architecture and legislative building codes which he says is his true passion. He says he wouldn’t be where he is without his vast knowledge given to him by trade schools.

That’s why he’s so passionate about helping Chattanoogans get access to more trade schools for the people who chose not to go the traditional college path. It’s something he has built his Mayoral campaign around.

“We have neglected trade schools and an industry will go to an area where they feel its’ a good, skilled workforce base. I want to put trade schools on steroids because that’s the only way we can come up with a sustainable economic engine.”

This generational wealth as Long says is how he wants to strengthen his community and bring financial security to families.

Family is Chris Long’s main priority he spoke highly of his high school sweetheart, Cindy, who he has been married to for 23 years and they have a 14 year old son together.

Long lost both of his parents in within three months of each other last year. He says family must stick together and that’s why he wants to bring more opportunities to families of Chattanooga.

To learn more about Chris Long, you can check him out at ChrisLongForMayor.Vote