Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; June 29, 2010:
Tea Party Leaders and Limited Government Advocates Across State Support the Mayor
KNOXVILLE –Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam today announced a series of endorsements from Tea Party leaders who said his proven record of conservative fiscal leadership made Haslam the candidate they were looking for as the next Governor of Tennessee.
Grassroots activists across the state have been drawn to Mayor Haslam because of his conservative record, real-world business experience and belief that government should be limited and accountable to the people.
“Bill Haslam has shown the residents of Knoxville that he’s committed to the same principles I am as a Tea Party member: limited government and reduced spending,” said Cathy Farmer, a Madison County Tea Party member. “I want leaders who can grasp the basic principle of responsible, limited government, something our leaders in Washington can’t seem to understand.”
“I’m supporting Bill Haslam because he’s a man of integrity with a proven record of making the tough calls, such as reducing spending, saving money and downsizing government, that Washington can’t seem to make,” said Mike Smiley, a Williamson County Tea Party activist.
“As a resident of Grainger County, I’ve been able to watch Bill Haslam’s leadership from a close distance, and I was extremely proud to represent him at the Tea Party Convention in Gatlinburg,” said Bob Fearnside, a Tea Party activist. “His career achievements – reducing the city’s debt by 25 percent, the lowest property tax rates in more than 50 years, spending less and reducing the number of city employees to the lowest total in 15 years – are exactly in line with the Tea Party movement.”
“Bill Haslam is the best candidate for Tennessee’s next governor because he understands that any tax money isn’t his; it’s ours,” said Debbie Moody, Tipton County Tea Party activist. “We need leaders that have a track record of backing up their statements with good, solid conservative actions. Bill Haslam is that kind of leader.”
“Any time citizens organize to keep government accountable, I think that’s a good thing,” Haslam said. “I’m grateful for the endorsements of these community leaders because I’m committed to conservative governing principles, and this group of individuals brings great energy to the campaign.”
Tea Party for Haslam Coalition and their Grand Division location:
Jim Weresuk (Middle)
Bob Fearnside (East)
Suzanne Fearnside (East)
Dr. James Fjerstad (East)
Sandra Fjerstad (East)
Pat Patton (East)
Mary Ellen Patton (East)
Mike Smiley (Middle)
Cathy Farmer (West)
Debbie Moody (West)
Roger Staton (West)
Doug Northam (Middle)
Carol Sletto (Middle)
Michelle McDaniel (West)
Catherine Ross (Middle)
Cecil van Winkle (Middle)
Brandon Cherry (Middle)
Steve Hawlik (Middle)
Sarah Caporale (Middle)
James McCalister (Middle)
Mayor Haslam is the two-term Republican Mayor of Knoxville, reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, Haslam 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, reducing the number of city employees to the lowest amount in 15 years 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.
For more information on Bill Haslam, please visit www.BillHaslam.com.