Patrick Shull has been elected the next mayor of Kingsport.
Shull, who currently serves on the Sullivan County Commission, received 43% of the vote.
Tuesday night, he said he’s grateful for the amount of support he received during his campaign.
“Well obviously I’m happy I’m very proud of all the folks who took time to come out and vote,” Shull said. “This is my hometown. I really feel like I’ve connected with the voters. I’m just so happy that they had trust and confidence in me.”
Shull revealed what will be at the top of his agenda once he takes office.
“I want to accelerate our road repair. I want to have cordially town hall meetings so I can hear from the citizens, they can hear each other, and we can see what they believe to be priorities. I want to start gradually reducing the debt,” Shull told News Channel 11.
The mayor-elect is a Kingsport-native who graduated from Dobyns-Bennett. After graduating from The Citadel, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. He served with the 24th Infantry Division during the Gulf War and was awarded a Bronze Star.
Shull is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he earned a master’s degree in public administration.
After retiring from the military in 2003 as a colonel, Shull returned to Kingsport and started two businesses.
Current Mayor John Clark announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.
Shull’s term will begin July 1.
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