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Bill Nickels, local business owner and community leader, announced his candidacy for Mayor of Coffee County at Damron’s in Tullahoma and at J & G Pizza and Steak House in Manchester Monday.
Surrounded by friends and family at his official announcement party at J & G, Bill Nickels said, “I want to be Mayor to see us realize our potential.” In his statement, he emphasized that the “potential for our county is great.”
Pointing out many of the resources Coffee County has at its disposal such as an educated and eager workforce, three strong school systems, and strong family values along with many other resources, Nickels said, “We have unlimited potential and an unlimited future.”
Recognizing there will always be looming issues such as the need for upgrades and repairs to local schools, the new correctional facility being built, stabilizing the ambulance service and other ongoing issues, Nickels identified his three main priorities for the county, “safety, education and jobs.” He pledged to create a “balance between tax collection and expenditures.”
Reminding the voters that they “more than any mayor or commissioner get to decide the future of our county,” Nickels encouraged all those in attendance to accept their responsibility as voters and citizens and to commit to become involved in the community.
Nickels is the owner of Bill Nickels Insurance in Manchester and is married to Dr. Amy Nickels, veterinarian and owner of Pet Medical Center in Tullahoma. Together they have three children, Will, Anna and Cooper. Bill Nickels has served as Manchester City Alderman, President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, elder at First Presbyterian Church in Manchester, Motlow College Foundation Trustee, and Board Member of All God’s Children.
Current Coffee County Mayor David Pennington’s term expires next year. Primary for next year’s election will be May 6 and general election will be Aug. 7.