Fitzhugh endorses Democrat Dean
In perhaps one of the least surprising election stories of the Tennessee gubernatorial campaign, State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh on Friday endorsed his former opponent in the Democratic primary, Karl Dean.
Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee secured their respective gubernatorial nominations in the Aug. 2 primary. Now, as the two head toward the Nov. 6 general election, here is where they stand on some key issues facing Tennessee.
Come November, businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will square off in the race for Tennessee’s next governor. Statewide, Lee carried 37 percent of the state, garnering 291,140 votes unofficially, in last week’s Republican primary for governor. Here in Lincoln County, he also carried the ballot, receiving 1,370 votes or 34 percent. Trailing were Randy Boyd, 192,914 votes (1,140 here), followed by Diane Black with 182,296 (1,184), Beth Harwell with 131,324 (315), Kay White with 3,212 (48), and Basil Marceaux, 1,267 (8).
Gov. Bill Haslam, counting down his final months in office, had the best analysis Saturday for why Bill Lee surged at the perfect time in the Republican primary for governor.
Northeast Tennessee chose the same party nominees for governor as the rest of the state, but the runners up were in slightly different order in some counties. Republican Bill Lee took 36 percent of the vote, 20,300 votes, in his primary in Washington, Carter, Unicoi, Johnson and Sullivan counties, besting five other challengers. Lee’s proportion was similar statewide, with unofficial results from the Secretary of State showing him with 37 percent at the end of the night.
Yes, Virginia, there was a blue wave in Shelby County, Tennessee — at least it appeared so when all the votes were counted for the August 2nd election, which included a county general election, primaries for state and federal offices, and isolated other ballot matters. From Mayor-elect Lee Harris on down the ballot, Democrats swept all the races for county offices, and even picked up an extra seat on the County Commission, giving their party an 8 to 5 majority going into the next four years.
The very fact that two name Democrats — former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh — are competing in a primary to become the party’s nominee for governor is something of a throwback phenomenon.
Democrats have two well-qualified candidates looking to lead the party’s bid to reclaim the Tennessee governorship.
Karl Dean is one of the Democratic candidates for governor in the Aug. 2 state primary. Answers from candidates Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell and Craig Fitzhugh were published in the Monday, July 16, 2018, edition. The Herald-Citizen mistakenly did not initially contact Republican candidate Bill Lee. His responses are planned to be published in the Wednesday, July 18, edition.
Karl Dean to host early voting event The Karl Dean campaign will host an early voting event Tuesday after supporters cast their early ballots for the August primary. It will begin at 11 a.m. at the Brainerd Community Center at 1010 North Moore Road. Chattanooga Moms for Social Justice host Blue Bash Redux Tuesday, Chattanooga Moms for Social Justice are hosting a candidate forum and party, during which candidates can meet and greet voters.
The Henry County Democratic Party heard updates from a Congressional candidate and the son of a gubernatorial candidate during its Tuesday night meeting at the Greystone. John Boatner, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 8th Congressional District, which includes Henry County and all of West Tennessee except for Memphis, let those attending know that he sticks to party ideals.
The calendar said April 2, almost two weeks into spring, but it was 33 degrees and spitting sleet at the Mule Day parade.
The top candidates for governor in Tennessee are all trying to differentiate themselves as they appeal to voters ahead of the Aug. 2 primary.
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh expressed support Thursday for eliminating criminal punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana statewide if elected governor.
Separate debates for the Democratic and Republican hopefuls in Tennessee's open race for governor are slated for the upcoming weeks.
The two leading Democratic candidates for Tennessee governor are set to debate next week at Belmont University.
With the coming of bona fide summer weather, the governor's race has heated up accordingly. Last week in Shelby County saw numerous comings and goings of candidates. On Friday, Republican candidates Bill Lee and Beth Harwell checked in, Lee with a "town hall" at the newish Houston Levee Community Center, Harwell with a fund-raiser/meet-and-greet at the Holiday Inn Express in Millington.
Karl Dean was the featured guest at Saturday's meet and greet, hosted by the Macon County Democrats at La Tia Mexican Restaurant in Lafayette. The former Nashville mayor had lunch with many Macon County residents of all political affiliations. He also answered questions and addressed the attendees.
Mary Vance knows her numbers regarding Sevier County workers and residents with no health insurance, and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean listened to her explain them Tuesday morning during a campaign stop at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.
Tennessee lawmakers’ inability to expand TennCare — the state’s Medicaid program — has been a “disaster” for the state, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean said Wednesday during a stop at the Model City Events Center.
John Harris, Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association, is encouraging Tennessee’s candidates for Governor to listen to more teachers before they speak for teachers. Harris was referring to the issue of whether teachers who have been issued a civilian handgun carry permit would be willing to get additional training and carry on campus in order to protect themselves, their students and their colleagues in the event of a school shooting situation.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has filled the vacancy on the airport authority created by the resignation of Gwen McKenzie, who was elected to City Council last December. It took Rogero almost five months to find Ursula Bailey, a Knoxville attorney, who lives in West Knoxville on Chatham Circle. It is a good choice and retains minority representation on the authority.
Ketch Secor, frontman of the Nashville-based folk band Old Crow Medicine Show said Monday he'll be casting his vote for former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean as governor.
Republican gubernatorial candidate and House Speaker Beth Harwell said during a televised forum Tuesday that if she were elected, she would reject any state financial incentives for businesses looking to move to Middle Tennessee.
During a televised statewide gubernatorial forum Tuesday night, Republican Bill Lee diverged from his competitors in describing the impact the protests led by high school students from Parkland, Florida, have had on the national gun debate.
Another Tennessee gubernatorial forum is in the books. Five of the six top-tier candidates for governor took part in the Leadership Tennessee forum at Lipscomb University on Tuesday.
Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates vowed Tuesday to immediately expand Medicaid if elected governor, saying expansion was the key to filling Tennessee’s health care gap and saving rural hospitals throughout the state.
The Tennessee gubernatorial campaign is heating up ahead of the Aug. 2 primary, and the candidates will take on a host of topics at a televised forum Tuesday at Lipscomb University.
When a significant public office is up for grabs, the road to victory inevitably winds down Main Street in Humboldt, a small West Tennessee town of 8,500 people.
Education was at the top of the list when candidates came to Martin on Thursday night to discuss their priorities if elected governor. The gubernatorial forum, held at Watkins Auditorium on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin, was sponsored by the WestStar Leadership Program and moderated by Meg Kinnard, a Memphis native and UTM supporter who is an award-winning political journalist with the Associated Press.
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has released his first television spot in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Some key differences between Tennessee's top-tier gubernatorial candidates began to emerge Tuesday, as the group tackled a host of topics from battling the opioid crisis and improving education to how best to help struggling rural areas.
All six top-tier gubernatorial candidates made an appearance at the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival Governor’s Luncheon in Humboldt on Friday afternoon.
This city is a one-party town where Republicans are as rare as hen’s teeth. Dr. Carol Swain grew up with eleven siblings in a two-room shack without running water in rural Virginia. She is smart as the devil and she is black. She is also a Republican. She has never held public office. Swain wants to be Nashville’s next mayor.
President Donald Trump's plan to raise tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel drew concerns from most candidates for governor at a forum on Thursday, who said they worry a trade war could harm Tennessee's farm exports, particularly soybeans.
The University of Tennessee at Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s class of 2018 hosted a gubernatorial forum Thursday on the university’s main campus. Six candidates for the Tennessee governor’s office participated in the interview-style event, and Meg Kinnard Hardee, a political and legal affairs reporter for The Associated Press who bylines as Meg Kinnard, served as forum moderator.
More than 400 have preregistered to hear the six confirmed candidates at the gubernatorial forum hosted by UTM WestStar Leadership Program from 5 to 7 p.m., May 10, in Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center. Attendees must have a ticket to enter the auditorium. Those who do not have tickets are encouraged to follow this link on the UTM website for the live webcast.
Sam Delk Kennedy, former publisher of The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tenn., and a leader in state media and political circles died Tuesday night at his home, surrounded by family.
The state's largest news organization is partnering with the Jackson Chamber, the Jackson Energy Authority, Lane College, Leadership Tennessee and WBBJ Television.
A bill that would ban students who entered the country illegally as children from receiving in-state tuition in Tennessee failed in a House committee Tuesday.
Randy Boyd (R) takes a cell phone photo from stage prior to the start of the Rural Tennessee Gubernatorial Forum at Lane College in Jackson, TN on April 17, 2018.
Tennessee clearly has three problems: a high number of low-income uninsured workers, an opioid epidemic and a legislature that lacks curiosity.
Candidates in the August and November elections were out on the last weekend of early voting in Shelby County in advance of the May 1 election day for county primaries.
With just 16 weeks until the August primary, Tennessee’s top-tier gubernatorial candidates have ramped up their fundraising efforts, which now total more than $33.5 million, according to an analysis of newly filed financial disclosures.
From opioids and finishing an industrial site in West Tennessee to expanding broadband and helping farmers cope with the fallout from increased tariffs, four of the six top-tier gubernatorial candidates took on key issues facing rural Tennessee on Tuesday.
On April 4, Gov. Bill Haslam met with legislative leadership to discuss pursuing Medicaid expansion.
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who hopes to become Tennessee's next governor, was on a campaign swing through Hawkins County on Tuesday, April 10, when he visited the grave of his Civil War-veteran ancestor, Hiram Dean, in the Speedwell Baptist Church Cemetery.
Karl Dean's campaign says the Tennessee Democratic candidate for governor raised $549,168 for his effort during the first quarter of 2018, bringing his total haul over $3 million.
The two Democratic candidates for governor have diverged from their Republican counterparts on nearly every hot topic now being debated in the Tennessee legislature.
Former Nashville mayor and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean told members of the Downtown Kiwanis Club he still has skid marks on his back from dealing with transportation issues at Nashville’s mayor.
What do statewide candidates say about infrastructure investment? Is investment in public infrastructure important? And should Tennessee have more dedicated revenue sources to pay for construction and maintenance of infrastructure across the state, or is the existing tax structure – primarily the state tax on fuel, and wheel taxes – sufficient to pay for what Tennessee needs to sustain and grow its economy?
Officials said that Anne Davis, wife of Democratic candidate for governor and former Mayor of Nashville Karl Dean, will speak at the event in addition to other local and state candidates vying for election in the upcoming races this year
Tennessee governor race candidates answered several questions from around the state during the Tennessee Press Association gubernatorial forum on Thursday at the Nashville Public Library.
The Madison County Democratic Party faces a similar challenge to most other county Democratic parties throughout West Tennessee — trying to find enough voters to flip longtime Republican-red counties back to Democrat-blue when election time comes.
Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean made a campaign visit to Northeast Tennessee over the weekend.
Five candidates for governor met Tuesday for a gubernatorial forum on education. Here are their answers to three key questions.
Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is hoping his experience as Nashville mayor will improve his chances of becoming the state’s next governor.
While the state of Tennessee has three grand divisions, gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean also sees three main issues uniting the citizens: health care, education and jobs.
Karl Dean is running for governor of Tennessee in an uphill bid to become the first Democrat elected statewide in the Volunteer State since 2006.
Thursday was Karl Dean Day in Memphis. Unofficially, of course. And Friday was Karl Dean Day Two. The former two-term mayor of Nashville, now an announced Democratic candidate for governor of Tennessee, devoted a couple of days to making the rounds in the Bluff City, giving folks here a chance to look him over.
Karl Dean says he'll report raising more than $1.2 million in his bid for governor of Tennessee, a figure his campaign says is the largest one-time haul for a Tennessee Democrat in more than a decade.
Tennessee Democratic governor candidate Karl Dean stood in front of a semi-full room in the upstairs of South Knoxville’s Landing House Wednesday night and spoke about the resilience he, and Democratic voters, would need to get him elected next year.
U.S. Rep. Diane Black and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean have the highest approval ratings in their respective gubernatorial primaries, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University.
Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean will join others running for federal, state and local offices for a 10 a.m. town hall event Saturday at the City Cafe Upper Room in Murfreesboro, event organizer David Settles said.
Tennessee governor candidate Karl Dean visited Dyer County on Wednesday. The former mayor of the City of Nashville, running for the governor’s position in the Democratic Party, spoke to State Gazette about his campaign and his vision for the state of Tennessee.
Trousdale County Democrats came out to hear two candidates for governor at a self-styled “Campaign Kickoff” dinner on Nov. 17. About 70 people were in attendance at Hartsville’s Community Center to hear both former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and State. Rep. Craig Fitzhugh speak on what they each saw as the issues that will define the 2018 campaign to succeed Bill Haslam.
Seven candidates have announced their intentions to be the next governor of Tennessee. Republican candidates in the gubernatorial race, which concludes on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018, include Bill Lee, Mae Beavers, Diane Black, Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell. Democratic candidates are Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh.