John Clark has been a Kingsport and Northeast Tennessee resident for 25 years. Born in Havana, Cuba, he legally immigrated to the United States at age two with his parents and two brothers, fleeing communism in favor of the freedoms and opportunities that America offered. John became an American citizen in 1970 while he was in seventh grade. He considers the day he became a U.S. citizen one of the best days of his life.
John first came to Northeast Tennessee to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he became a dedicated Vol for life, met his future wife Etta Ryan, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1980.
After graduating, John began a career with the DuPont Company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. For 17 years, he dedicated himself to various assignments in DuPont’s medical diagnostic imaging division. When the business was sold to Agfa Healthcare, based in Mortsel, Belgium, John stayed onboard, working another 19 years in management positions
throughout the U. S. and Canada.
In 2013, John was elected to the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen. In 2015, he was elected as mayor of the city of Kingsport and in 2017, he was re-elected for a second term.
During his time as mayor and as alderman, John represented conservative Republican values. He improved the quality of life for all Kingsport residents and ensured a prosperous future for the city and region he loves and calls home. John’s primary achievements as mayor included working with city partners to help achieve excellence in education, workforce development, jobs, health and wellness, housing, and infrastructure — all while maintaining Kingsport as having the lowest cost of living in the Tri-Cities.
John and his wife of 36 years, Etta, raised both their daughters, Alex and Haley, in Kingsport where they attended Kingsport City Schools. Coming from a strong Christian upbringing, John and Etta believe in the power of faith and attend Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport.
*This bio was submitted by the candidate.