Press Release from Zach Wamp Campaign for Governor, Feb. 19, 2010:
Zach Wamp Becomes First Major Republican Candidate to File Qualifying Petition for Governor’s Race
Nashville – Zach Wamp ended his statewide kick off tour by becoming the first major Republican candidate for Governor to officially file his qualifying petition with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, the state Coordinator of Elections and the Tennessee Republican Party. Wamp also dropped off a copy of his petition today at the Hamilton County Election Commission in Chattanooga.
“It has been a busy, but exciting week as my family and I have traveled all across our great state officially announcing my candidacy for Governor,” said Wamp. “I’m honored and humbled by the level of support and enthusiasm we saw in all three divisions of the state. Our campaign is on the move and right on track. We are working hard every day to earn the support of more and more Tennesseans.”
Joined by his wife Kim, son Weston and daughter Coty, Wamp started his kickoff tour on Monday with stops in Memphis and Jackson — followed by a major event at the State Capitol in Nashville on Tuesday. Wamp and his family then traveled to the Tri-Cities and to Knoxville on Wednesday before participating in candidates forum and multiple campaign stops in Williamson County on Thursday. This morning, Wamp ended his statewide kickoff tour with a breakfast in Cleveland followed by his formal announcement before a big crowd of supporters in his hometown of Chattanooga.
“This week, I have been able to clearly communicate my 20/20 Vision for an Even Better Tennessee and to talk with voters about how we can work together to move our state forward between now and the year 2020,” said Wamp. “This race will soon become a contest of which candidate has the best vision, ideas, and common-sense solutions to help hard-working Tennesseans with the real challenges they face. And our 20/20 Vision will lead the way. That’s why I’m so excited, why our volunteers are so energized and why we’re going to win.”
From better schools and universities to healthier children and families – from more high-wage jobs to a modern infrastructure with better roads, bridges and broadband – from strong and conservative state fiscal management to just saying “no” to a state income tax – Zach Wamp has a clear 20/20 Vision of what we need to do to create an even better and brighter Tennessee and to move our state up in the national rankings between now and the year 2020.
The founder of the nationally-recognized “Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor” economic development organization, Zach Wamp has become well-known as a dynamic and visionary leader, manager and job creator during the past 15 years of serving Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a successful small businessman before entering Congress.
Wamp and his wife, Kim, live in Chattanooga, and they have a son, Weston, a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, and a daughter, Coty, who is a student at UT Knoxville.