Longtime Soddy Daisy commissioner Gene-o Shipley announces his run for the Hamilton County commission

Longtime Soddy Daisy Commissioner Gene-o Shipley announced Tuesday his intention to run for the Hamilton District 1 County Commission headquarters currently held by Randy Fairbanks.

His campaign said City Commissioner Shipley “is a one-name celebrity in Soddy Daisy. He is known for his distinctive voice, his love for family and his devotion to Soddy Daisy and the surrounding area for most of his 66 years.

“As commissioner, he ensured that city parks and community centers were well maintained and always funded for upgrades and safety. He helped create and fund the Veterans Memorial Park and, as mayor, supported the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in 2009.”

Serving the Town of Soddy Daisy for 25 years, Commissioner Shipley said: “I never thought of serving the people of Soddy Daisy as a job but rather as a privilege.”

Commissioner Shipley is a member of the Alhambra Shriners and Soddy Masonic Lodge #418. He is also a board member of the WWTA and Local 43 Plumbers and Steamfitters. He is a member of the Soddy Daisy Kid’s Club Hall of Fame, the Soddy Daisy High School Hall of Fame, and has been a 48-year member of Oak Street Baptist Church in Soddy Daisy.

Commissioner Shipley married his high school classmate, Rita (Dede) Smith, and this year they will celebrate 47 years of marriage. They have two children, Amy and Trey, and share five grandchildren together.

Commissioner Shipley said he “looks forward to a clean campaign and lively debate” against Commissioner Fairbanks. He said he “looks forward to continuing to advocate on behalf of District 1, such as the need for a new Soddy Daisy Middle School.”

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