Rick Chinn, a lifetime resident of Oak Ridge, is seeking a seat on the Oak Ridge City Council in the upcoming November 4 election.
Chinn, who is a licensed contractor and local businessman, serves on a number of nonprofit boards and has been active as a civic leader in working to improve the quality of life for all Oak Ridge families, a press release said.
Chinn explained his reasons for seeking to serve on City Council.
“A lot of people in Oak Ridge have invested their time and energy over the years to help me better understand and appreciate how rewarding it is to live and work in Oak Ridge,” he said in the press release. “I have worked hard to continue that tradition of excellence by volunteering my time and resources over the past 20 years. I want to ensure that my children have the same opportunities in the future that have been provided to me. I am ready to work hard for the future of Oak Ridge.”
One of his top priorities, Chinn said, is to improve communication between the City Council and the Oak Ridge Board of Education.
Chinn has been married to his wife Heather for 22 years, and they have four children: Lindsey, 19; Emma, 17; Tripp, 15; and Madeline, 9.
The press release said Chinn is a former walk-on and member of the University of Tennessee Football SEC Champion 1989 Volunteers, and he believes hard work is essential for the future success of Oak Ridge. Chinn has served as a volunteer with the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, Boys and Girls Club, Blankenship Fund, East Tennessee Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St Mary’s School, Oak Ridge Rowing Association, Appalachian Museum, and the Boy Scouts.
He has also served as a volunteer coach with the Girls and Boys Clubs for more than a decade, the release said.
Chinn has been a business leader, serving as the chairman of the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership, on the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and as the vice chairman of the Oak Ridge Charter Commission, the release said.
Chinn said he believes that Oak Ridge has a prosperous future if we all work together.
“We have a lot to build on in Oak Ridge,” he said. “Great schools and a well-educated workforce give us a competitive advantage in recruiting new businesses and new jobs to Oak Ridge. I will work hard to build, from our proud past, a more prosperous future.”