Haslam Announces Veteran Support

Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; July 2, 2010:

Veterans From Across State Back Mayor Haslam in Bid for Governor

KNOXVILLE – Military service veterans from across Tennessee announced their support for Knoxville Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam before the July 4th weekend and two weeks from the start of early voting on July 16.

The Veterans Coalition represents a group of individuals who served their country and recognize in Mayor Haslam the good heart, commitment and passion for public service that they believe is needed of Tennessee’s next governor.

Accompanied with recent high profile endorsements, record-breaking fundraising, campaign organization in all 95 counties and two polls indicating Haslam is the strongest Republican in the GOP field, the announcement is another indication Haslam has the momentum with early voting beginning soon, and the coalition is yet another group to show support for Haslam, joining business leaders, young professionals, Tea Party activists and students.

“Bill Haslam is a man who comes from a family who served our great country; in fact his grandfather was a member of the Greatest Generation. Bill’s dad also faithfully served in our army,” said retired Col. Bill Felton of Knoxville. “Bill grew up with it being a part of his everyday life, and he knows what integrity and honest dealing is all about. He’s the man for the moment.”

“Mayor Haslam shares my values and my love of country, Tennessee and service, and he has the right experience, knowledge and temperament to lead this state as it faces enormous challenges,” said retired Gen. Hugh Smith of Clarksville. “I know he’ll make a great governor because his record shows he knows how to manage budgets and make a community strong.”

“As a West Tennessean, I know we need a man as governor who understands that each region has different challenges and opportunities, and Bill Haslam is that man,” said retired Lt. Col. Ray Tanner of Madison. “He has the sense of duty and heart for service that every public official should have.”

“I truly appreciate the support of this group for my campaign,” Haslam said. “These individuals know service and sacrifice, and to have their support in my bid to be governor and make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for jobs is a tremendous honor.”

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, 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.

Veterans for Haslam Coalition and Home Counties:

Howard Cotter (Marion)

Jim Woods (Hamilton)

Tom Munson (Sevier)

Tom Adair (Bradley)

Donna Lee Ingram (Bradley)

Bill Stokes (Knox)

Bill Felton (Knox)

Michael Lewis (Montgomery)

Tommy Wilson (Hawkins)

Randy Reid (Williamson)

Bill Harris (Hamilton)

David Purkey (Hamblen)

Jeff Lawrence (Williamson)

Ralph Lawrence (Shelby)

Thurman Mullins (Wilson)

Nick Steward (Montgomery)

Hubert Smith (Montgomery)

Ted Crozier (Montgomery)

Jerry Knickenbacker (Montgomery)

Bill Johnson (Williamson)

Michael Stafford (McMinn)

Bill Shamblin (Bradley)

Michael Aucoin (Davidson)

Jody Duncan (Davidson)

John Weathers (Hamilton)

Carlock Myers (Campbell)

Jack McGill (Hamilton)

Buddy Liner (McMinn)

John Waters (Sevier)

Noble Cody (Putnam)

Frank Schnabel

Jim Elmer (Davidson)

James Rone (Tipton)

Raymond Via (Madison)

Harold Kay (Shelby)

Ray Tanner (Madison)

Payson Matthews (Fayette)

Jarred Conway (Dyer)

Bill Stout (Carroll)