Shull, McIntire lead fundraising field in upcoming Kingsport election

Matthew Lane • Apr 18, 2019 at 7:15 PM

KINGSPORT — Candidates running in the upcoming city election have raised more than $48,000 in contributions, with mayoral candidates Pat Shull and Mike McIntire leading the pack in the amount of funds on hand for their campaigns.

That’s according to the latest filings with the Sullivan County Election Commission. Candidates had to file their first campaign financial disclosure statements earlier this month, which includes the amount of money raised and spent through March 31.


There are five candidates vying to be Kingsport’s next mayor: Joe Carr, Dennis Mabb, Mike McIntire, Pat Shull, and Nathan Vaughn.

Shull raised the most funds during the first reporting period with just over $11,000, with $1,500 coming from him and his wife and $600 from the last Sullivan County Commission campaign. Other notable donors included David and Erika Garrahan ($3,200), Stewart and Sheila Taylor ($1,600), and James Shull ($1,600).

Shull reported spending $1,100 on his campaign through March 31.

Coming in a close second on the fundraising front was McIntire with just over $10,000. McIntire loaned his campaign $3,500 and has received donations from Pal Barger ($1,000), Gary Andes ($500), Dennis Phillips ($250) and Venable for Mayor ($200).

McIntire reported spending $4,000 through March 31, mostly on political signs and with Able Printers.

Rounding out the field is Vaughn (raising $310 and spending $140 on mailings), Carr (spending $87.60 on printing) and Mabb (who has neither raised nor spent any money on his campaign).


There are six candidates running for three seats on the BMA: Chris Bulle, Darrell Duncan, Charles Honaker Jr., Chris Mills, Tommy Olterman and James Phillips.

Leading the fundraising pack is Phillips with more than $7,000 on hand, including a $2,000 loan from himself. Notable donors include Pal Barger ($1,600), Stephen and Astrid LaHair ($600) and $400 from his parents. Phillips reported spending nearly $3,200 through March 31, including $1,300 with the Times-News and $1,800 with Able Printers.

Duncan came in second with $5,350 raised through March 31, while spending nearly $2,200 on his campaign. Notable donors include Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy ($200) and Ron Mathews Insurance ($200). Duncan has also loaned his campaign $4,000.

Political newcomer Bulle has raised $3,600, with nearly all ($3,200) coming from donations from his parents. Bulle has spent less than $50 on his campaign as of March 31 — a campaign leadership team meeting at Main Street Pizza.

Honaker, another political newcomer, has raised $2,800 during the first reporting period, spending more than $2,200 on campaign signs and T-shirts. Honaker’s business gave the campaign $1,600 while his parents gave $500. Other notable donors include Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy ($200) and Ron Mathews ($200).

Olterman reported raising $2,350 through March 31 and spending nearly $1,600 on campaign signs. Notable donors include Stewart Taylor ($1,000), Richard Spivey ($1,000) and James Fortner ($350).

Mills reported no money in or out of his campaign.


Five candidates are running for three seats on the Board of Education: Julie Byers, Shelton Clark, Liv Detwiler, Todd Golden and Jim Welch.

Welch reported having $4,900 on hand with a majority of the contributions ($3,900) coming from donations of $100 or less. Welch has loaned his campaign $1,000 and has spent almost $900 on signs and flyers.

Detwiler raised more than $1,300 during the first reporting period, while spending nearly $550. She also claimed $1,200 of in-kind contributions from Shane Smith for videography work and $1,600 from Ashely Smith for logo creation, marketing materials and website/social media management.

Notable contributors to Detwiler’s campaign include Jim Johnson ($250), Josh Reid ($250), Mark Halaas of West Fargo, N.D. ($300) and Maren Hulden of Minneapolis ($250).

Clark and Golden informed the election commission office they plan to spend less than $1,000 and would not be filing itemized paperwork. Byers reported no money in or out of her campaign through March 31.


Municipal elections in Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City will take place on May 21. In Kingsport, four seats are up for grabs on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen: ones currently held by Mayor John Clark, Vice-Mayor Mike McIntire, Alderman Joe Begley and Alderman Tommy Olterman.

Three seats on the Kingsport Board of Education are also on the ballot: those currently held by Todd Golden, Susan Lodal and Karen Reed-Wright.

Three incumbents have chosen not to seek re-election: Lodal and Reed-Wright on the BOE and first term Alderman Joe Begley.

Early voting begins May 1 in Blountville and May 9 in Kingsport and Bristol and continues through May 16. The deadline to register to vote in the municipal elections is April 22.