Harwell Launches Campaign, Hires Senior Staff

Bill Lee brought in $1.4 million and loaned himself the same amount.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 17, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

“Touting nearly three decades’ worth of legislative experience, including six years in leadership,” state Speaker Beth Harwell (R) “is officially launching a campaign to become Tennessee’s next governor. … Harwell cited her work on a variety of issues from taxes to education as evidence that she is best suited to serve as governor. … She’s quick to tout the elimination of the death tax and gift tax, the phase out of the Hall Income Tax and several education reforms while she’s been in office as evidence of her conservative credentials.”

“To help with her campaign, Harwell will use David Ingram, the son of Nashville philanthropist Martha Ingram, as her campaign treasurer. She has hired Rachel Barrett, whose past clients include former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Reid Witcher to lead fundraising; and Holt Whitt, who works for the House Republican caucus, to lead campaign operations. Layne Provine of Margin of Victory Partners, Jonathan Dickerson and Andrew Lajeunessee of Stoneridge Group have also been hired.” (The Tennessean)

SEND HIM THE BILL. Businessman Bill Lee (R) “will report that he raised nearly $1.4 million while also tossing in an equal of amount of personal money during the first two months of his campaign. In total, Lee is set to report receiving $1,375,000 from 396 individual donors since announcing his candidacy in late April.” (The Tennessean)

Lee also won a straw poll in Williamson County on Saturday, where he’s from. (The Tennessean)


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