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  • Writer's pictureTodd McKinley

Updated: 4 hours ago

Title: Kingsport Times-News Questions

1. Why do you want to serve or continue to serve on the Sullivan County Board of Education?


There are several reasons, the main one is to serve as a bulwark against bad ideas, especially ones that flow from Washington, DC, and the “Woke” left. Another reason is to ensure that the resources we spend go to producing the best possible graduate, which means better Teacher pay & benefits, basically more money for the classrooms. As I always say, “an educated public is an employable public.” Remember, industry and jobs only move into areas in which the population has a well-rounded education.


2. What in your education, background, and experiences would help you in a four-year term on the school board?


As a retired Army Paratrooper, Senior Noncommissioned Officer, and Afghanistan & Iraq War Veteran, I’m not afraid to fight for the people of this county, and have nearly been killed while serving them.


My education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security, a Master of Science Leadership: Global Leadership from Duquesne University, Certificates in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and Leaders of Learning from Harvard University, and a diploma from Sullivan North High School, as well as dozens of military and technical certifications.


3. What would you like to accomplish and what are your goals if elected?


My main goals are to boost Teacher pay & benefits to compete for the best and brightest, implement a public comment period before spending more than $500K on any project, which includes allocating new funds to ongoing projects, all before naming sports venues after someone. I also want to work to promote public involvement when it comes to their school boards, which will serve to give everyone a voice in public education which is lacking across our nation, especially with many recent members on our county school board.


4. What do you think of Gov. Bill Lee’s plan to expand the school voucher program and the current partisan school board elections versus non-partisan ones in the past?


The Governor’s voucher program will be decided by the State Legislature, not local school boards, but I don’t support it. I think this voucher program will do nothing more than assist those who can basically afford private school which on average in TN costs $20K annually after factoring in transportation cost, which is a nonstarter for most Tennesseans. Remember, vouchers aren’t the same thing as school choice.


I support partisan elections because it allows the voter to know where the candidate lands politically even if they don’t know much about them.

Also, here’s the link to every blog update regarding this campaign.

Todd A. McKinley, BA, MSL




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Title: Vote Todd Sullivan County School Board District 5




     Early voting is over, and 4,222 Sullivan County Residents have voted in the Republican Primary. That said, Tuesday, March 5th, is the next and last day to vote and will determine who goes onward to the General Election in August. I think that I’ve earned your trust and vote, not only with the manner and substance of my campaign but through my work and life resume.


If you’ve still not made up your mind, feel free to look at my website and/or social media.


Also, here’s the link to every blog update regarding this campaign.


Todd A. McKinley, BA, MSL


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  • Writer's pictureTodd McKinley

I’m proud to announce the seventh Veterans Coffee Roundtable will be held on (March 23rd) at 9:00 am in Kingsport, TN.

Who: Everyone, especially Veterans

What: Veterans Coffee Roundtable

When: 9:00 am, March 23rd, 2024

Where: Two Dads Cafe 301 E. Sullivan Street Kingsport, TN

Why: Because Coffee and Fellowship

Keynote Speaker: Robert "Bob" Hensley will be our keynote speaker. Bob is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Vietnam Veteran, former Department Commander, and current National Executive Committeeman for the American Legion Department of Tennessee. Bob is a Legionnaires, Legionnaire, a Veterans, Veteran. He's the go-to when a Legionnaire or Veteran has a question, and State and Federal Legislators often seek him out for advice. He personifies "Selfless-Service, and his talk will be. one you're not going to want to miss.

Todd A. McKinley, BA, MSL


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