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Shipley out: Big shakeup in Kingsport politics

August 8th, 2014 11:25 am by Hank Hayes, NET News Service

Shipley out: Big shakeup in Kingsport politics

Bud Hulsey remembers Mike Locke, his campaign manager who was killed by an allegedly drunk driver, during his victory speech Thursday. (Ned Jilton II/NET News Service)

KINGSPORT — Challenger Bud Hulsey easily upset incumbent state Rep. Tony Shipley in the Tennessee 2nd House District GOP Primary on Thursday.

With all precincts counted, Hulsey took 5,046 votes to Shipley's 3,391, according to unofficial returns from the Sullivan County Election Commission.

Hulsey, a well-known retired Kingsport police officer, was a late entry to the primary race. He lost his campaign chair, Mike Locke, who was killed this spring by an allegedly drunk driver while placing campaign signs along Fort Henry Drive.

"That was the very first thing I talked about (to supporters after declaring victory)...his presence in this whole thing and his commitment to it all," Hulsey said of Locke. "It was pretty emotional at the beginning of this (primary race). ...I think his family is extremely happy that we won and I certainly am, too."

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more on the change.

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