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.