Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor, March 29, 2010:
KNOXVILLE – Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam released the following statement on Tennessee being one of two states to win in the first round of the “Race to the Top” competition:
“Today’s announcement that Tennessee will be one of the first winners of the federal Race to the Top competition is a recognition of the outstanding efforts of many people and institutions across the state. Through newly implemented standards that raise expectations for our students, a lessening of the restrictions on charter schools, major investments in Tennessee by national foundations, changes in the law that will improve the way teachers are evaluated, and innovative practices popping up all across the state, Tennessee has been building towards an opportunity to transform our schools and accomplish meaningful, lasting reforms that will benefit generations to come.
“The challenge that comes with today’s announcement will be effective implementation of nonrecurring funding to make sure our state secures the maximum benefits from the award without imposing future obligations on our state and local districts. As the only candidate in the race for governor with executive experience in both the public and private sector, I have the proven experience necessary to capitalize on this moment and carry our state forward.”
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.