[According to unofficial sources, the South Zone had less than 6% voter turnout last time, compared to 14% in “Greater Kingsport.” If we want to get any attention from the
The ABC’s of my campaign are: Advocacy: for our children and the educational issues which are important to our community Building Bridges: between our elected officials and school officials across
Darrell Duncan – Leadership that Listens Kingsport Resident for 35 years Married to Sharon Duncan Attends First Broad Street United Methodist Church Long term employee of Eastman Chemical I believe
I am asking for your vote and support as I seek to retain my seat as a Kingsport Alderman. Over the past decade Kingsport has made great strides and continues
[According to unofficial sources, the South Zone had less than 6% voter turnout last time, compared to 14% in “Greater Kingsport.” If we want to get any attention from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, we have to do much, much better than that. PLEASE go vote, immediately. Tell your friends, drive them to the polls, whatever you have to do, but VOTE. –Ed]
KINGSPORT — Early voting for May 19 city elections expanded today to the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and the Bristol National Guard Armory.
It has been underway at the Sullivan County Election Office in Blountvlle since April 29.
Early voting will conclude at all three locations on May 14.
The hours for early voting will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day (May 19).
Kingsport voters will elect a new mayor, three aldermen, and four members of the city’s board of education. Bristol, Tenn., voters will elect two city council members, two members of the city’s board of education, a juvenile court judge, and a juvenile court clerk. Bluff City voters will elect three aldermen.
Sample ballots for all three city elections are available online at www.scelect.org.
Election officials have said they hope the five-way race for Kingsport mayor — with the incumbent not seeking re-election — will translate into increased voter turnout compared to the most recent city elections: in May 2013, voter turnout was 14 percent; in May 2011, voter turnout was 11 percent; and in May 2009, voter turnout was 13 percent.
As of close of polls Wednesday: 112 voters had cast early ballots in Kingsport’s city election (compared to 63 at the same point in 2013); 12 voters had cast early ballots in Bristol’s city election (compared to 115 at the same point in 2013); and 30 voters had cast early ballots in Bluff City’s city election (compared to 24 at the same point in 2013).
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The ABC’s of my campaign are:
Advocacy: for our children and the educational issues which are important to our community
Building Bridges: between our elected officials and school officials across the region, state, and nation
Communication: with students, parents, teachers, citizens, and elected officials
Public education is facing unprecedented challenges in both Tennessee and across our nation. I will use the knowledge and experience I have gained during my 12 years of service to provide leadership and support for our public schools through our local school board and in my role as President of the Tennessee School Boards Association.
Here are my top two priorities:
1. Support and strengthen our community’s economic opportunities and workforce development by working together to assure world class public education in Kingsport.
2. Advocate so that our educators can focus on the individual needs of each student and assure there are a variety of educational opportunities for them to be successful.
My husband, Peter, and I have lived in Kingsport since we married in 1977. We are members of Waverly Road Presbyterian Church and serve in leadership roles in the Food Pantry. We also play in the First Broad Street United Methodist Church Orchestra. Peter and I raised 3 children (Erik, Nicholas, Genevieve) and they were educated in Kingsport City Schools. We are thankful Erik had the opportunity to begin his teaching career at Sullivan South High School, where he taught mathematics 4 years. We are blessed to have 7 grandchildren.
I would appreciate your vote. E-Mail: slodal @ k12k.com
Campaign to re-elect Susan Lodal Peter Lodal – Treasurer
Darrell Duncan – Leadership that Listens
Kingsport Resident for 35 years
Married to Sharon Duncan
Attends First Broad Street United Methodist Church
Long term employee of Eastman Chemical
I believe that when leaders listen to people, you make a difference in the lives of those you serve. Decisions made by city leaders will impact all of us for decades to come. I also believe in the concept of public service, after supporting and volunteering for many organizations throughout our city I feel it is time to step up and serve. I will listen and serve honestly and in a way that brings people together. It is in that spirit of honest service that I’ve chosen to run for Alderman.
Aldermen play an important role; decisions made by city leaders will affect our city and are what our city will be for your children and their children. I’m running for Alderman to be a leader ready to meet the challenges, and in the process make our city stronger, safer and more prosperous.
I’m also running because I want to see our city continue to grow, bringing more jobs and businesses to Kingsport, but we cannot forget about the concerns of our citizens that we call home. I will be a leader that will support building walkable, livable, safe and sustainable neighborhoods that nurture both people and our local businesses. I’m running because I love this city, and I want its people to thrive. I will be a leader that will keep Kingsport moving forward by working together.
I promise that as your Alderman I will work to continue the growth of our city’s future. I will be accessible and always have an open door policy, ready to listen “Leadership that Listens”. Your input and opinions will always be welcome and considered. Working together, we can accomplish big things for the city of Kingsport.
My top priorities are to create jobs and continue the revitalization of downtown Kingsport. Promote people to move to Kingsport by showing what we have to offer, great 1st class schools, affordable taxes, low cost of living and our best asset our fine citizens who live and work here.
I am asking for your vote and support as I seek to retain my seat as a Kingsport Alderman. Over the past decade Kingsport has made great strides and continues to be a very progressive city. I not only want to see this positive direction continue, but also hope to continue to be a part of the governing body that has the ability to carry out the wishes of constituents such as yourself. There are nine other candidates seeking the three open seats on the BMA. In an effort to retain one of those seats, and keep the city on course, I need your vote and support.
Kingsport has outstanding amenities, great public services, and superior public safety. I will continue to support these attributes by making intelligent and well-informed decisions. I will continue to support our education system, public safety, infrastructure, and the quality of life components that make our city great. I pledge to take a common sense approach to decision-making, and work with diligence in the effort to attract new businesses and industry that help continue our growth and prosperity. We must continue supporting the business we have; however, we must also attract new business and industry by providing competitive locations, superior amenities, and friendly flexible terms. We need to focus on improving our infrastructure and providing quality services to our entire community, without increasing our debt, and only by spending within our means.
I pledge to continue to Listen to you, continue to Learn from you, and continue to Lead for you.
I fully understand the growing pains Colonial Heights and Rock Springs have been experiencing for the last seven years. I live in the Rock Springs community, and see and hear daily how these residents feel they were bullied by city hall in their use of a form of economic growth which I feel is not the answer for forming a good relationship with our neighbors. I do not support annexation by ordinance. People should have the right to choose. I feel the annexations of these communities has been a major factor in the confusion of what both city and county leaders should do with our schools to ensure the safety and educational needs of our students for the next several years to come.
More public forums should be conducted to discuss ways in which our community would like to see their tax dollars spent. The spending habits of the BMA in recent years has been met with disfavor throughout the city, especially with our underprivileged and underserved communities. We need to change the mindset that city hall only caters to special interest, and the best way to start is by letting the people have a voice.
Mike McIntire for Alderman
Kingsport has experienced an exceptional ten years of growth and new initiatives. However, we have arrived at a point in our history where we need to evaluate where we are and develop a vision of where and how we want Kingsport to evolve as we prepare to begin our next 100 years. Much of our growth over the last ten years has been through annexation, but recent changes in State annexation law will slow the growth of Kingsport and other cities across Tennessee. Sustained grow is essential to the future well-being of our city and the most important element to assure this growth is through the creation of good jobs.
Bill Sumner’s Platform:
Fiscal Responsibility – we need to be more cautious about spending money without a clear return in value to the community. Investing in the future remains very important but it should be intelligent – true investing, not just spending.
Economic growth through attracting and retaining manufacturing jobs – not an easy task, competition is fierce. Current city leadership has a good start in retail and recent success in food products and call centers. We must keep pushing for solid jobs.
[If she just had “‘Rithmetic” in her name, she’d be the perfect Board of Education Candidate! (think about it) –Ed]
Karen Reed-Wright, Ed.D.
Board of Education Candidate 2015
Dr. Karen Reed-Wright is a lifelong resident of Kingsport and a product of Kingsport
City Schools. Karen attended ETSU where she received a Bachelors Degree in
Secondary Education majoring in history. She returned to college to add an
elementary certification and to earn a Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist. Later,
she returned to ETSU again to earn her Doctorate Degree in Leadership and Policy
Analysis. These degrees built the foundation for her career with the Kingsport City
School System and later as an associate professor at Virginia Intermont College.