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Ford, Flanary announce plans to run for same state legislature seat

After running unopposed in 2008, State Rep. Dale Ford now has a challenger in the 2010 race for the 6th District seat.
Kevin Flanary, a 38-year-old Jonesborough native and 1990 graduate of Daniel Boone High School, has announced his candidacy for the seat.
Flanary’s newcomer status is an “advantage” to him, Flanary said in a phone interview, and he cited his strong leadership skills from his service in the U.S. Army and as an officer in a supermax prison facility.
Ford, a Jonesborough native, has held the seat for four years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1968, and was an umpire for Major League Baseball from 1974-2001.
Ford plans to pick up his papers to file this week, he said.
Flanary, who has never held office before, said the economy was one reason he decided to run.
“We’ve got a runaway economy right now and no one’s putting the brakes on it,” he said. “We need to stop the endless spending going on.”
Both Ford and Flanary touched on education as a “hot topic” in Nashville, and both mentioned giving power in the classrooms back to the teachers.
“There needs to be less government involvement in education and teachers need to be compensated for children showing improvement, rather than raises according to test grades,” Flanary said.
Ford also spoke of a need for improvement in
improve,” Ford said. “I don’t think the system will ever be what it could be unless we give control of classrooms back to teachers. I don’t want to do anything unfair to them. They’re dedicated and we don’t pay them as much as we should.”
While Flanary said he commends Ford for bringing water to Washington County residents, he said Nashville needs more new ideas.
One of his ideas is to start “public service announcements” that promote tourism in the area, and also draw businesses in with low taxes.
Flanary is opposed to the state income tax and is for keeping taxes low to attract more businesses into the Tri-Cities.
“I think the candidates with the best ideas should be leading the way,” Flanary said. “I don’t like money being an issue in campaigns.”
Ford said his work should show constituents what he’s capable of.
“I feel like I’ve done a good job, especially with the water projects and road projects that no one thought I would ever get,” Ford said. “I worked super, super hard. This is the hardest job I’ve ever had. But it’s the most rewarding.”
If he wins, Ford said his goals are to make sure everyone in the district has access to utility water as well as do several more road projects such as bridge work and road widenings.
“I want to make sure when I’m done that our roads are in better shape,” he said.
Flanary served 20 years in the U.S. Army/Reserve with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a 2009 ETSU graduate, and works as graduate assistant in criminal justice advisement at ETSU while pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice.
He is married to April Flanary and they have four children.
Ford has five children with his wife, Joyce.