Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; July 13, 2010:
NASHVILLE – The generosity and support from thousands of Tennesseans puts Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam in the strongest position heading into the Early Voting period.
Disclosure filings from Haslam’s campaign show the successful two-term Mayor of Knoxville raised $1.7 million from 3,075 contributions during April, May and June with voters identifying Haslam and his leadership experience, proven record of success and temperament as best to lead Tennessee.
“Crissy and I are grateful for all of the support we’ve received from all 95 counties in this campaign,” Haslam said. “We’ve planned our work and are working our plan. And the generosity we’ve seen on this campaign puts us exactly in the position we wanted to be in at this stage of the campaign.”
Haslam has worked hard campaigning across the state with his wife Crissy during the past 18 months, and voters are drawn to his common-sense solutions to the state’s challenges.
The growth in support is reflected in three recent polls showing Bill Haslam as the strongest GOP contender in the field as well as the state’s three largest newspapers endorsing Haslam as the candidate with the maturity and experience to be Tennessee’s next governor.
“We have organizers in every county, and we’re prepared for the early voting period that begins this Friday,” said Mark Cate, Campaign Manager. “Since March, Bill Haslam has laid out clear, common-sense solutions for job creation, budget management and strengthening education that are put together in his Jobs4TN plan, and in these polls and other indications of support you’re seeing the cumulative effect of his hard work and dedication to serving Tennessee.”
“To have the success Bill Haslam has had on the trail is incredible during this political and economic climate,” said Kim Kaegi, Campaign Finance Director. “Tennesseans are overwhelmingly choosing him because of his ideas, his passion for serving Tennessee and most of all, his capacity to serve Tennessee as the chief executive of the state during these difficult times.”
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.