Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor, March 29, 2010:
Announces dates for Memphis focused visit
KNOXVILLE – With the culmination of his Jobs Tour, Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam today reiterated his commitment to work with Memphis leaders to develop a specific strategy for the city and expanded on his previous comments praising Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons’ candidacy for governor.
“Bill Gibbons’ dedication to Memphis and its communities cannot be overvalued, and with Gen. Gibbons’ withdrawal from the race, the city lost a candidate with a close connection to the city and who has already worked tirelessly to help Memphis reach its extraordinary potential,” Haslam said.
“General Gibbons’ commitment to public safety and education on the campaign trail was a message that caught all of our attention because of the earnestness with which he advocated his viewpoints,” said Haslam. “He is a true public servant with his city’s best interests at heart.
“Since the start of my campaign, my wife Crissy – a native Memphian – and I have spent a total of 25 days on trail in Shelby County, including a recent stop as part of our three-week Jobs Tour,” Haslam continued. “Throughout the course of the more than 80 meetings or events we’ve held in Memphis during this campaign, it’s become more apparent than ever that the city really and truly is unique, with its own strengths and challenges.”
During the Jobs Tour stop there, Mayor Haslam announced that he would return to Memphis in the coming months for a three-day focused visit to meet with local government and community leaders and to begin forming a Memphis-specific strategy for state government around what it can do to help in areas such as education, health, economic development and public safety.
Mayor Haslam’s three-straight-day Memphis focused visit will take place May 5, 6 and 7.
“Memphis is critically important to Tennessee historically, culturally and economically, and as governor I won’t let the state capital become insular and forget about our important city and region to the West,” Haslam said.
“Nobody in this race is going to replace Gen. Gibbons’ relationship with Memphis, but what I can offer is experience leading a city through tough times, a familiarity with and personal connection to Memphis, a unique combination of public and private sector executive experience, and a commitment to helping Memphis build on its strengths and overcome its challenges,” Haslam said.
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.