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Sixteen candidates running in Kingsport election

Matthew Lane • Feb 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The deadline to file a petition to run in the city election has passed. Sixteen men and women have filed their paperwork to run in the races for mayor, alderman and the Board of Education.

Municipal elections in Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City will take place on May 21.

In Kingsport, four seats are up for grabs on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen — ones currently held by Mayor John Clark, Vice-Mayor Mike McIntire, Alderman Joe Begley and Alderman Tommy Olterman.

Three seats on the Board of Education are also on the ballot — ones currently held by Todd Golden, Susan Lodal and Karen Reed-Wright.

Three incumbents have chosen not to seek re-election — Lodal and Reed-Wright on the BOE and first-termer Begley on the BMA.

Begley said with the work involved in redeveloping the old Dickson Elementary School property into Cherokee Bend, he did not believe he had the time to commit to being an alderman.

“I appreciate everybody supporting me in my campaign and I’ve enjoyed serving,” Begley said. “I would like to leave the door open to possibly come back, but right now I just didn’t feel like I had the time to commit to it. At the end of the day, I decided I would wait.”

Candidates had until noon on Thursday to file their petitions with the Sullivan County Election Commission. Here are the candidates who filed their paperwork in time.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES

— Joe Carr: a 2014 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and future student of East Tennessee State University.

— Dennis Mabb: owner of Waste Knot Solutions.

— Mike McIntire: current Kingsport vice-mayor, retired from Eastman.

— Pat Shull: retired U.S. Army colonel, former alderman and current Sullivan County commissioner.

— Nathan Vaughn: former state representative, former Kingsport vice-mayor, insurance agent.

ALDERMAN CANDIDATES

• Christopher Bulle: works for Bank of Tennessee and member of Peak (Kingsport’s young professionals organization).

• Darrell Duncan: real estate agent, retired Eastman employee and former alderman.

• Charles Honaker Jr.: owner of Millennium Auto Collision.

• Chris Mills: maintenance worker at Walmart.

• Tommy Olterman: current alderman, former Sullivan County commissioner and retired economic development specialist.

• James Phillips: son of former Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips, developer and entrepreneur.

BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES

• Julie Byers: retired from Eastman, community volunteer and 2005 mayoral candidate.

• Shelton Clark: co-owner of Model City Tap House and brother of former Dobyns-Bennett football coach Graham Clark.

• Liv Detwiler: Spanish professor at East Tennessee State University.

• Todd Golden: current member of the BOE and a senior sales specialist for Novartis (a Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company).

• Jim Welch: retired educator for Kingsport City Schools (30 years).

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Sullivan County Elections Commissioner Jason Booher said any candidates who wish to withdraw from the election can do so from now until noon on Feb. 28. Just come by the Blountville office and sign a statement of withdrawal.

The election commission is scheduled to meet on March 12 to certify the slate of candidates. Booher said his office has already verified the signatures and addresses of the people who signed the various petitions. The only thing left to do is research on any other disqualifiers.

Early voting begins May 1 in Blountville and May 9 in Kingsport and Bristol and continues through May 16. The deadline to register to vote in the municipal elections is April 22.

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