Lambert mailers outrage some in East Ridge

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — One of the most controversial political races in Tennessee is now cluttering postal and social media mailboxes throughout East Ridge.

It has been a bitter race between the two Republican candidates running for the District 8 seat on the Hamilton County Commission.

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The incumbent, Tim Boyd, was arrested for criminal extortion at the beginning of April. The other candidate, East Ridge mayor Brent Lambert, is trying to dodge complaints made about his alleged misuse of campaign contributions.

Everyone seems to have an opinion, and they’re voicing it on social media. One particularly active post in the East Ridge Friends and Neighbors Facebook group has neighbors sparring, trying to prove which candidate is more corrupt.

The most recent topic of discussion is Brent Lambert’s mailers that attacking Boyd.

“I think that having Lambert smiling shaking the hand of an employee on one side, and then having what you would see in something like Just Busted on the other is slimy and a real candidate shouldn’t have to resort to those tactics,” East Ridge resident Laura Seneker said.

But pointing out Boyd’s arrest isn’t helping Lambert, according to many we talked to.

“I think most people can see what Mr. Lambert is trying to pull. I think people are tired of those tactics,” John Tribble said.

Those we spoke with are more concerned about Lambert’s interactions with Exit 1 developers and the alleged misuse does campaign donations.

For those people, Boyd’s extortion charge is a mute point.

“Hasn’t hurt any other politician I’ve every known for the last 25 years. Doesn’t matter what they do,” Tribble said.

The numerous Lambert supporters we spoke with didn’t want to be quoted, but they felt Boyd’s extortion charges are too serious to be overlooked.

Make your voice heard in this controversial election by voting Tuesday, May 1. East Ridge polling places are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."