Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; Aug. 19, 2010:
Knoxville Mayor Stands by Commitment to Memphis, Shelby County
MEMPHIS – Republican gubernatorial nominee and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam returned to the Memphis and Shelby County area today for his first meetings with local elected officials since winning the Republican nomination for Tennessee Governor.
Haslam met with Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton before heading to Bartlett to meet with the mayors of Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Lakeland and Millington, and he reiterated his commitment to Memphis and Shelby County, highlighting his Memphis Plan.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support Crissy and I received in Shelby County during the Primary, but I wanted to meet with people today to let them know that I intend to maintain my commitment to and presence in Shelby County through the General Election and hopefully as your next governor,” Haslam said.
“I’ve laid out my thoughts and ideas specifically for Memphis and Shelby County about how I could help the area as governor, and I’ll continue discussing those ideas with local elected, education, health, economic development and other professional representatives as we continue the campaign,” he added.
Haslam unofficially earned more than 38,000 votes in Shelby County during the Primary on Aug. 5 for more than 49 percent of the Republican vote.
“I’m incredibly grateful to the voters that volunteered for our campaign and for those who cast their ballot in support of me, and I will reach out to all voters in the area during the coming weeks as I continue to discuss my ideas to grow jobs, manage the budget wisely and strengthen education,” Haslam said. “I’ve said it before: if Tennessee is a business, Memphis is your largest branch, so if the state is going to do well, Memphis must do well.”
Haslam’s Memphis Plan addresses the issues of economic development, K-12 and higher education, health care and public safety in Shelby County, and it is part of his larger plan to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for jobs.
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.