SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Former NFL player and the former head football coach of David Crockett High School, Gerald Sensabaugh, is in running to be the next mayor of Sullivan County.
Sensabaugh confirmed the news on his Twitter page Wednesday night.
News Channel 11’s Justin Soto spoke to Sensabaugh through text Wednesday night and he said:
“I plan to be a true voice for the people …. I want to listen to the people’s goals and help produce what they want. I want to help bring more awareness to the people about what goes on in politics and make it morally right. I want to listen to the people before I set any goals. My goal right now is to build a competitive learning environment that competes with the Kingsport and Johnson City school systems.”
We asked him if this is his first run for political office and he told us it was:
“Yes I’ve been a football player most of my life. Never really had to deal with it until coaching at David Crockett and noticed how bad that place was. I still want to help them as well, anyway that I can…. One of those situations where following my heart eventually led this point where I feel I can really make a difference for more people. I’ve always told my team. ‘It’s Bigger than Football.'”
We asked, “Right now you’re fighting for the students you coached in Washington County, why run in Sullivan?”
“I live in Kingsport which is Sullivan. County. I’ve been fighting for kids all over our area.”
“It’s not about one county. It’s about everyone.”
Earlier this year, Sensabaugh was put on administrative leave following allegations of misconduct.
Sensabaugh has denied the allegations against him and said this is all the result of retaliation. He said the district’s trying to make an example out of him for speaking up about problems within the school system, which the district denies.
At last check, that investigation is ongoing.
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