Press Release from the Zach Wamp Campaign for Governor, Feb. 10, 2010:
Special Musical Guests Featured at Statewide Series of Wamp Fundraising Events during March and April
Nashville, Tenn. – Zach Wamp, Republican candidate for Governor, announced today a series of upcoming fundraising events featuring a growing cavalcade of big name entertainers coming out to show their support for his growing campaign.
Such well-known musical stars as Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys, John Rich, Michael W. Smith, T.G. Sheppard, Paul Overstreet, and the famed Christian band Casting Crowns are volunteering their time and their talents to show their support for Wamp and to meet and entertain guests at select events all across Tennessee during March and April. In addition, John Rich and Michael W. Smith will be hosting their events in their Middle Tennessee homes.
“I am honored and grateful that our growing campaign for Governor has the support and commitment of so many talented and wonderful people who help make Tennessee such a special place,” Wamp said. “Our campaign is on the move. We have the momentum, and we are going to win. But we want and need everyone’s help, so I invite anyone interested in joining our ‘20/20 Campaign for an Even Better Tennessee’ to come out and join us at any of these fun fundraising events.”
Wamp said specific details for the following fundraising events will be posted soon and updated regularly on his campaign web site at www.zachwamp.com, but he announced several upcoming events:
March 1st – Nashville – with John Rich, Paul Overstreet and friends – in the Nashville home of Joan and John Rich
March 8th – Hendersonville – with The Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard and friends
March 15th – Memphis – with Larry Gatlin, John Rich & friends
March 22nd – Knoxville – with Larry Gatlin & friends
March 29th – Chattanooga – with Casting Crowns & friends
April 19th – Franklin – with Michael W. Smith & friends – in the Franklin home of Debbie and Michael W. Smith
Wamp said even more fundraising events are in the works with other big name stars in the wings ready to join their neighbors to create an even better Tennessee and to help give his campaign the financial resources it needs to advertise his message to voters all across Tennessee.
“We may never have the most money in this campaign, but thanks to the support of so many, we will soon have enough money to win,” Wamp said.
“I have now visited and campaigned in all 95 counties across our state, and voters are hungry for ideas to help get folks back to work and to get our economy moving again. That’s why our 20/20 Vision for an Even Better Tennessee is taking hold and why our volunteer and fundraising ranks are growing so rapidly,” Wamp said. “And it will be the people and their enthusiasm, not just the money, that will decide who will become the next Governor of Tennessee.”
The most recent public fundraising report showed Wamp has already raised more campaign contributions than all but one other candidate running for Governor in either party. But just as importantly, Wamp is coming off a major West Tennessee GOP straw poll win where he more than doubled the votes received by his closest rival. Wamp received nearly 50 percent of all votes cast at last week’s Madison County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner in Jackson.
From better schools and universities to healthier children and families – from more high-wage jobs to a modern infrastructure with better roads, bridges and broadband – from strong and conservative state fiscal management to just saying “no” to a state income tax – Zach Wamp has a clear 20/20 Vision of what we need to do to create an even better and brighter Tennessee and to move our state up in the national rankings between now and the year 2020.
The founder of the nationally-recognized “Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor” economic development organization, Zach Wamp has become well-known as a dynamic and visionary leader, manager and job creator during the past 15 years of serving Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a successful small businessman before entering Congress.
Wamp and his wife, Kim, live in Chattanooga, and they have a son, Weston, a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, and a daughter, Coty, who is a student at UT Knoxville.