Dan Street ~ Candidate for County Attorney in Sullivan County
For the past 20 years, Dan Street has held the office of County Attorney for Sullivan County. Within that time period, he has raised three children, coached youth sports for 23 years, taught Sunday school for 15 years and served as a church elder for five years. Street has always been active in his community through his job, volunteering and his children's activities.
Kingsport has always been Street's home, except when he was in college. He graduated from University of Tennessee College of Law in 1980 and returned to Kingsport to start his own law practice because of his family ties and connections here.
"I like the mountains and always wanted to stay close to home and the people here.
"I always remember wanting to be an attorney, and when I was in college I thought about running for public office. I've always had an interest in public service and government because I wanted to help people and make a difference," said Street.
In 1994, when Street first ran for County Attorney, only two out of 16 elected county-wide positions were held by Republicans; he was the third after that year's election. Today, 11 of those 16 positions are held by Republicans. He is the longest serving Republican elected to county-wide office. He has enjoyed working in this position the past 20 years and facing the challenges it presents.
"I have always been open to the press because I feel like the citizens have a right to know what is going on in their community. I have never settled a case that is kept confidential. It is the people's business to know and the citizens of Sullivan County are my priority," said Street. "I think honesty is an important characteristic; I have always been honest, and worked ethically and with integrity."
Community is also important to Street. He was named to the Kingsport Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame in 1995. He also helped develop the Sullivan South Area Community Chest community park, Southview Park, in Colonial Heights to bring more recreational space to families in that area. Street was also instrumental and received a state award for opening a Boys Club in Colonial Heights.
Youth coaching has also played a significant role in Street's life. He has enjoyed coaching football, baseball, soccer and basketball. His oldest daughter was 7 and his son was 4 when he was first elected County Attorney; his youngest daughter was born soon after.
"My favorite hobby has been spending time with my family and watching my three children grow up and staying busy in their activities. I love being with them," he said.
Street said he enjoys his position because it is challenging and he gets to make a difference in his community. A wide variety of legal topics are handled in this position, involving everything from employment law to personal injury, civil rights to property, zoning to freedom of speech; plus Street handles most all the lawsuits by himself, which saves taxpayers money.
Street has 34 years experience in handling and settling lawsuits. "The county's insurance company has said I do an excellent job saving the county money," he said.
"Sullivan County is my priority," said Street. "I give legal advice not based on who's asking, but based on the law. I care, I work hard and with integrity, and I look out for Sullivan County."
Street said he values and appreciates the people of Sullivan County and would appreciate their vote for County Attorney on May 6. For more information on Dan Street, visit www.danstreet4countyattorney.org and follow his Facebook page, Vote Dan Street for Sullivan County Attorney.
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