Editor's Note: This is a paid political ad. Todd McKinley is a candidate in the Republican primary for United States House of Representatives 1st Congressional District, which includes Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington counties and parts of Jefferson County. The Republican primary is Thursday, Aug. 2.
Todd McKinley is a 20-year Army Veteran who enlisted while still attending Sullivan North High School. After his many years of service that included six-plus years in the White House and deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and following his retirement, he decided to move back home to Sullivan County.
Moving back did not stop his service, however. In fact, he became actively involved in the Veteran community and the community at large. It was that service that was the final push for him to run for Congress.
Todd was raised on homegrown East Tennessee values. Values such as meaning what you say and looking after your fellow man. He was taught those values here and has carried them with him everywhere he has gone, including 30 countries and 43 states while serving the nation. Todd swore an oath to protect and defend our Constitution. Although the battleground may change in this next chapter, he doesn't plan on dismissing the vow.
As the 2018 primary election cycle comes to an end, it is vital to know the commitments that Todd has made to you and the community.
He has promised that he will only run for three terms.
He, like many of you, believes that too often we only hear from those in politics when they run for re-election. Todd is focused on serving the people of his community.
“I will be accessible to people and will hold regular office hours, quarterly town halls, and will hold office hours in the various county seats so people don’t have to travel far to see me. I’ll hold Social Media town halls so that I can see how people stand on issues and I’ll vote accordingly and not the way those in Washington want.”
Todd said, “I want to fight for people who can’t really fight for themselves.”
“I don’t believe in compromising morals, values, integrity, or anything that I was elected to do,” he said
He went on to say, “I grew up in a working-class family and have had to work for all I have.”
His campaign mantra is simple: He wants to bring a little bit of East Tennessee to Washington, instead of a lot of Washington to East Tennessee.
With such an impressive career already, Todd is still focused on serving the people of his community.
He ended by saying he wants to “strive to be more like Jimmy Quillen” and “roll up his sleeves and get to work for the people.”
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