Democrat Frank Eaton, who faces state Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, says he supports allowing businesses in Hamilton County to distill liquor.
“We can already legally sell and responsibly drink a product with Chattanooga’s name on it right here in Hamilton County. ‘Chattanooga Whiskey’ should be made in Chattanooga,” the 27th Legislative District candidate said in a news release.
A 2009 state law lets county commissions approve distillation of spirits in counties where referendums have been approved allowing liquor-by-the-drink sales and package-store sales.
Hamilton County is currently excluded from the law.
The owners of Chattanooga Whiskey have said they want to produce their whiskey in Chattanooga instead of having it made in Indiana, where it’s now produced.
Citing his personal convictions and concerns about the impact of alcohol on driving, Floyd has said he opposes local whiskey manufacturing.
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