“Tennessee Republican Party chairwoman Susan Richardson Williams” said Friday that state Speaker Beth Harwell (R) will run for governor in 2018.
Williams on Facebook: “Just got a call from Speaker Beth Harwell to let me know she is running for Governor next year too!”
“Harwell has more than $1 million in a campaign account she can draw on to run for governor. She has openly stated she’s looking at a race, and many expect her to run.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
ALL-STAR. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D) “has named the top members of his campaign team,” including Courtney Wheeler as campaign manager, Fred Yang as pollster, Mark Putnam for advertising, Democratic fundraiser Charles Robert Bone as finance chairman, and Calvin Anderson as campaign treasurer. (Nashville Post)
NEW RECRUIT. State Sen. Mark Green (R) “met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday during his trip to a rally in Nashville where they” agreed to his nomination to become secretary of the Army. “A source close to Green said that he’s currently filling out intensive background checks that the White House personnel office and FBI will review.” (Politico)
“Though he cannot comment directly on his potential cabinet nomination, he said he would be humbled to take on the job.” (WATE)