Photo Credit: Background – An aerial view of Chattanooga, TN seen from Point Park on Lookout Mountain. – NAm 2 Mi-i-er / CC
Dean Moorhouse announced he is running for District 10 Hamilton County Commissioner. “As the voice of the citizens I will focus my efforts on improving roads, schools, emergency services and continue to be a strong advocate for responsible and planned growth.”
Mr. Moorhouse is a retired healthcare executive, a 28 year resident of Ooltewah and resident of Hamilton County for 44 years, He and his wife of 36 years, Robbi a retired Hamilton County teacher of 30 years, have one son Dr. Joel Dean Moorhouse II. Mr. Moorhouse spent most of his career working in healthcare administration with HCA and is former co-owner of Professional Pulmonary Services, which was purchased by Apria Healthcare, Inc. A graduate of UTC’s school of business, Mr. Moorhouse used his academic knowledge to create jobs in Hamilton and surrounding counties. As a small business owner, having signed both sides of the paycheck, Mr. Moorhouse understands the challenges of small business owners in a competitive environment.
Mr. Moorhouse is no stranger to the community and is well known throughout this area for his service to the community on various non-profit boards including: Ooltewah Youth Association VP for 12 years, Harrison Ruritan Foundation President, Founding Board Member of the Ooltewah Harrison aka D-9 Education Foundation, Chairman of the Hamilton County Alcohol Beverage Board, President of North Hamilton County for Responsible Growth, various committees for the Hamilton County Board of Education, Highway 58 VFD Forgotten Child Fund, several roles such as PTA President, Booster Club President at Snowhill Elementary, Hunter Middle, and Ooltewah High Schools. As a volunteer and organizer, Mr. Moorhouse has helped raise over $2 million for youth sports, underprivileged children, elderly citizens and schools within his community.
In addition to his community service roles, Mr. Moorhouse has served as Secretary, Treasurer and President of the Nightside Pachyderm and Vice Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party. These active roles in the Republican Party has earned him a seat on the Hamilton County Republican Party’s County Executive Committee for the past nine years.”As a leader in the Republican Party, I have worked closely with many of the elected officials and have the experience to negotiate and compromise on issues affecting all of the citizens in Hamilton County. At the end of the day, it is our differences or diversity and not our similarities that make us work harder and serve the public better.”
As a community activist, Mr. Moorhouse, as President of North Hamilton County for Responsible Growth, is perhaps best known for organizing a group of citizens in District 9 to stop a proposed wastewater treatment plant. The efforts of Mr. Moorhouse and his group provided a less expensive alternative to a site built wastewater treatment plant, with near the same capacity (90%) while providing a much quicker pathway for growth and expansion in Ooltewah’s fast growing community. This effort saved the tax paying citizens of Hamilton County over $160 million during the term of the bond, while at the same time providing in North Hamilton County immediate capacity for residential growth up to three times the current number of homes while concurrently allowing the City of Collegedale to expand twice its current growth. Since no public transportation or healthcare facilities were nearby, Mr. Moorhouse organized a similar group to stop a “Tiny Home” village for a homeless population in North Hamilton County.
Mr. Moorhouse said, “ This is the community that I call home, it’s where I have lived most of my life ,volunteered, worked, worshipped and continually strived to do my part. I’m excited to announce my candidacy which will be focused on making a positive impact within our schools, neighborhoods and community. It would be an honor to continue to serve the residents of District 10 as your county Commissioner. I will always listen to the citizens and lead with common sense, courage and integrity. Together we can make a difference.”