Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; April 5, 2010:
Mayor Has Financial Support in All of Tennessee’s 95 Counties From More Than 9,000 Contributions
KNOXVILLE – Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam raised $1.3 million since January 15, 2010, an effort during the short 10-week quarter that put him over the $7 million mark in total contributions received since he began his campaign last year.
Haslam now has financial support in all 95 Tennessee counties from more than 9,000 contributions, indicative of the depth and breadth of support for his proven executive experience. He is the only major candidate who has not loaned his campaign money or given more than the individual limit.
“The broad-based financial support Bill Haslam has received is indicative of Tennesseans’ enthusiasm for his unique combination of successful private-sector and public-sector executive experience,” said Brad Martin, a member of Mayor Haslam’s Finance Team.
“Crissy and I have received incredible support out on the campaign trail, and the response to our statewide Jobs Tour really showed us that Tennesseans want their next governor to be someone with business experience balancing budgets and meeting payroll,” said Haslam, who continues to knock on neighborhood doors across Tennessee. “Our focus on making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs is resonating with Tennesseans all across the state.”
“Things are tough right now. Tennesseans need a Governor who can not only recruit new jobs but also support existing employers so they can expand their businesses right here in Tennessee,” said Pete DeLay, another member of Mayor Haslam’s Finance Team. “At the same time, our next Governor will be faced with the most challenging State budget in our generation. Bill Haslam’s record in both the private sector and as Mayor of Knoxville shows that he has the experience to meet these challenges.”
Bill Haslam is the two-term Mayor of Knoxville. 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. Haslam 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.