Five candidates vying to become next mayor of Kingsport


KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- Friday morning the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport hosted a candidate forum for the five people hoping to become the next mayor of the model city.

News Channel 11′s Kristen Gallant was at that forum where each candidate was able to talk about their thoughts on issues like moving city hall to the Regions building, the Ballad Health merger, and discuss why they think they would be the best fit to lead the city. 

Some of those in the running are already familiar with the local political arena.

Mike McIntire is the current Vice Mayor of Kingsport while Patrick Shull is a current Sullivan County commissioner.

Nathan Vaughn has also previously served as a Kingsport Alderman and as Vice mayor of Kingsport. 

The five candidates in the running are as follows:

Each candidate had the opertunity to speak about their platform. Here were some of their statements. 


“I am the youngest candidate for mayor in the history of Kingsport, Tennesse and I’m not here to tell you what you want to hear, Im here to tell you what you need to hear.”
“What I see is that we got to start paying attention to our people here in town”
“We are in an area where we’re not growing. Kingsport is growing, Washington County is growing, all other counties around us are not growing. We are seeing that impact us in a lot of ways.”
“It’s all about leadership. Its all about providing practical principle leadership and getting city priorities to match with what our community needs.”
“The theme of my campaign is a candidate with a heart for all the people, and what I mean by that is healthcare first being a part of that heart.”  
Then candidates had a minute to answer a handfull of questions asked by mediator MaryLee Davis. To hear the full forum, watch the videos above. 

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