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Hamilton County Commission Chairman Fred Skillern to face GOP opposition

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Minutes after Hamilton County Commission Chairman Fred Skillern spoke to a group of local GOP members, an opponent announced he would seek to unseat the veteran Soddy-Daisy Republican in the May 2014 primary.

Skillern visited the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club's lunch meeting Monday at Republican headquarters on Chestnut Street to give a report on county business. He was greeted by a packed house of elected officials and fellow Republicans and was sent off with a standing ovation.

But after most of the crowds filed out, Randy Fairbanks, a local accountant, announced he would challenge Skillern for the District 1 seat.

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