Why should you vote for Bill Lee?
by Hank Hayes
KINGSPORT — It’s all about leading, Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee told businesspeople and Kingsport Kiwanians during two stops here Friday.
“Public education, workforce development, economic development … those are all things that powerfully impact people’s lives if leadership takes it in the right direction,” Lee told a gathering at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. “ … In January 2015, I started thinking about running for governor … a guy like me with no public service, never been in government, never run for office … can a guy like me with a business background and a passion for serving people … I decided it could be played out in public service.”
Lee, a Williamson County businessman and farmer, is competing in the August 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary with major candidates U.S. Rep. Diane Black, former state economic development commissioner and Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd, former state Sen. Mae Beavers and Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell.
Lee talked about the defining moment of his life — the death of his first wife in a horse riding accident.
“I share that … because if I’m going to ask you to consider me for governor, you need to know about me as a person,” Lee said. “That was the most defining day of my life in 58 years as a person. God used that event in my life in some very powerful ways. … He changed my perspective about the rest of my life. … My goal with my new perspective was not to create the greatest company but to create the best place to work.”
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