Haslam Recruits Former Shelby County Mayor to Leadership Team

Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; June 30, 2010:

Jim Rout Touts Haslam’s Executive Experience as “Ideal” to be Governor

MEMPHIS – Former Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout joins Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam’s Shelby County organizing committee today, bringing his eight-year experience as the county’s chief executive to the Haslam campaign.

Known for his consensus- and team-building, Rout was recently the general manager of the Mid-South Fair and is currently the president of a local bank. He served as Shelby County Mayor from 1994-2002.

“As a former mayor I know what it takes – the different skill set required – to be the executive, and Bill Haslam’s 20-plus year experience in business and as mayor is ideal to be Governor of Tennessee,” Rout said. “He’s shown the toughness to make difficult cuts and strengthen education, and he’s shown the savvy to make strategic maneuvers and put Knoxville in a healthy financial position.

“He’s my choice for governor because he has the proven record of success Tennessee needs now,” Rout added.

Rout joins former City Councilman John Bobango and longtime local GOP activists Bob Schroeder and Bill Watkins as a Shelby County Co-Chairs of Haslam’s local organizing committee. Former Shelby County Clerk Jayne Creson has now joined Haslam’s Statewide Leadership Team.

“I’m grateful to have the support of Mayor Rout because he knows Shelby County and brings tremendous local experience to the table,” Haslam said. “I’m very excited about the team we have assembled in Shelby County less than three weeks out from early voting.”

Other Shelby County leaders on Haslam’s organizing committee include:

Johnnie Amonette

Jason Beard

Sara Beard

Bob Carter

Jack Craddock

Bud Davis

Jim Duke

Margaret S. Duke

Mark Gosney

Val Gosney

Alan Graf

Ralph Horn

Gina Johnson

Bryan Jordan

Harold Kaufman

Roberta Kustoff

Jimmy Lackie

Brad Martin

Retha Moore

Allen Morgan

Joe Orgill

David Parsons

Don Pearson

Mary Pearson

John Pontius

Steve Reynolds

John Santi

Rieta Selberg

Charles Slatery

Andrew Tuck

Greyson Tuck

Suzanne Tuck

Lonnie Williams

Steve Williams

Allison Williams

Shelly Orman

Jason Orman

Martin Zummach

Mike Keeney

Gary Shorb

Frank Colvett

Lesley Colvett

Dean DeCandia

Pat Melvin

Gray Carter

Ann Gallina

Dale Lusk

Pat Kerr Tigrett

Patty Dietrich

John Cozart

Angie Cozart

Kevin Lucas

Julie Lucas

Peggy Voeller

Karen Grant

Milton Grant

Wyatt Bunker

Mary Jane Anderson

Melinda Selberg

Grant Johnson

Jeff Gaither

Melissa Leigh

Kara Carter

Bob Loeb

Shad Williams

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.

  • Gary

    Haslam has my support. If only every person in such a position would seek to get the job done with as few as possible. Get the job done well; but allow supply and demand to dictate the number of city employees hired. If Republicans and Independents can get the majority of seats in the house then we may have a chance to turn this disaster around. But if they get in they must make hard decisions dealing with immigration, and hopefully dealing with the excess waste that comes from a welfare system that induces a mentality of dependence. I do however believe in assisting those who have a desire to be productive; yet unpredictable events in life have overwhelmed them. Haslam has my support and we will get him in; we must!