Cole announces candidacy for state senate

From Staff Reports

   Johnson City businessman Kevin Cole has announced his candidacy in the Aug. 1 state primary for senator, District 3, representing Washington and Carter counties.
   "Many hard-working people, like myself, have become aggravated and frustrated with the lack of leadership, vision and solutions coming out of Nashville. What's needed is strong representation in the Legislature -- and results. The people of Washington and Carter counties deserve better from our state Legislature. Now is the time for change.
   "I want to use proven business strategies to return to a balanced budget," Cole said. "A lot of people -- me included -- are not convinced we need a bigger budget. I've yet to see a problem that is truly solved by throwing money at it. We need to ensure we're doing the absolute best job we can with the money we have."
   Cole is an independent insurance agent who organized and launched Insurors Bank of Tennessee with a group of businessmen. He currently serves on the board of Inscorp, the bank's holding company, headquartered in Nashville.
   "I'm not interested in becoming a career politician," Cole said. "I am committed to being a citizen representative -- a statesman -- with no agenda other than to work tirelessly for the goals and objectives the people of Washington and Carter counties feel are important. I want to get Tennessee moving forward again."
   Cole, who serves as a member of the Johnson City Planning Commission, said a top priority is promoting economic development to create new and better-paying jobs.
   "Equally important is improving Tennessee's educational system for adults and children. 'Raising the bar' on education and training will help raise our quality of life," he said.
   Cole graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee. He serves as president of the University of Tennessee/Washington County Alumni & Friends organization. He is a longtime Rotarian. He has traveled to Washington, D.C., for the past several years to speak to legislators on behalf of the Insurors of Tennessee.
   Cole and his wife, Sandy, have two children: a daughter, Caitlin, 10, and a son, Austin, 6. They are active members of First Christian Church.