Races stack with candidates as qualifying ends
Races are nearly set for this year’s county general and state primary elections as qualifying for candidates ended last Thursday at noon.
In many ways it was a typical Hamblen County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Political office holders and candidates were recognized.
All five Republican candidates for governor are expected to speak at the Upper Cumberland Reagan Day Dinner Thursday at Trinity Church in Algood.
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.
In the hills of East Tennessee, Kay White’s name is familiar in political circles, even if it hasn’t been the one on campaign posters. She led Ted Cruz’s Tennessee campaign for president in 2016 and then she championed Donald Trump in East Tennessee. In 2014, she assisted in former state Rep. Joe Carr’s bid against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.
As the East Tennessee Chairman for Donald Trump, White is clear with her reasons for going with the billionaire businessman over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
After announcing her campaign for governor in July, Kay White has made a reputation for herself as an outsider, hardline conservative and fervent supporter of President Donald Trump.
If a proposed merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System is approved, it will fall to the next governor of Tennessee and his or her administration to regulate and police the public health commitments the systems have made.