Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday he’s fond of running campaigns as an incumbent.
“For me, the best kind of races to run are when you can run on your record,” he told reporters in Cookville on Aug. 8, the day after he won his party’s nomination for a second term as the state’s most powerful elected officeholder. Haslam was in town to announce that Texas-based Academy Sports + Outdoors is planting a distribution center in Putnam County, which is anticipated to bring new 700 jobs to the area.
The Democratic Party candidate that Haslam will face is a Blountville man named Charlie Brown who doesn’t appear to have any previous political experience. One Haslam opponent in the general election who isn’t a stranger to the public eye, however, is legendary Nashville attorney John Jay Hooker, who has twice been the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor. This time Hooker is running as an independent.