Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor, March 26, 2010:
KNOXVILLE – Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam released the following statement on Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons’ announcement that he will not continue his run for governor:
“Bill Gibbons is a highly respected public servant who has been an important candidate in the campaign for governor. His passion for Memphis and issues surrounding public safety and crime has added much to the campaign conversation and discussion. I appreciate his candidacy and I look forward to his continued leadership in West Tennessee and across the state.”
Bill Haslam is the two-term Mayor of Knoxville, re-elected in 2007 with 87% of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, he led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years.
An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees. His combination of executive and public service experience makes him uniquely qualified to be Tennessee’s next Governor. Bill is the right person at the right time to lead Tennessee.
Bill and Crissy Haslam have two daughters, Annie and Leigh, and a son, Will, who resides in Knoxville with his wife, Hannah.
For more information on Bill Haslam, please visit www.BillHaslam.com.