Keeping up with the candidates: Who's running for governor in 2018
Tennessee's next governor will be selected on Nov. 6, 2018. Gov. Bill Haslam is currently serving the last bit of his term, as he cannot be re-elected a third term.
So far, eight candidates have announced their run to replace Haslam. You can click their name above the pictures to learn more about their candidacy.
Beth Harwell is the current Speaker of the House in the Tennessee House of Representatives, where she has served for nearly 30 years since 1989. She announced her run for governor on July 16, 2017.
More on her campaign: http://www.bethharwell.org/
Bill Lee is the chairman and former CEO of Franklin-based family home improvement and maintenance company known as Lee Company. Lee has had no formal government experience but is working on a campaign platform of jobs, education and public safety. He announced his run on April 24, 2017.
More on his campaign: https://www.billlee.com/
Craig Fitzhugh is the Democratic leader in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He is also the CEO and chairman of a small bank chain in Ripley He announced his run for state governor Aug. 6, 2017, contesting Nashville Mayor Karl Dean for the Democratic nomination.
More on his campaign: http://craigfitzhugh.com/
Diane Black has served as a U.S. Rep. for Tennessee's 6th congressional district since 2011. She serves as a Chair on the House Budget Committee. Prior to serving in congress, she served as both a Tennessee senator for five years as well as a representative between 1998 and 2005. She announced her run for governor on Aug. 2, 2017.
More on her campaign: https://votedianeblack.com/
Karl Dean served as the democratic mayor of Nashville for eight years between 2007 and 2015. Dean formerly served as Nashville's Director of Law and was elected as the city's public defender in 1990. Dean was the first democrat to enter his name into the election, announcing his run for governor on February 26, 2017.
More on his campaign: https://www.karldean.com/#about-karl-dean
Kay White is a realtor from Johnson City. A few key issues she represents are supporting law enforcement and fighting funding education for illegal immigrants. She officially announced her run for governor July 22, 2017.
More on her campaign: https://www.facebook.com/kaywhite4tngov/
Mae Beavers is a member of the Tennessee Senate for the 17th district. She is a member of the National Rifle Association. Beavers started her campaign for governor on June 3, 2017.
On Aug. 23, Beavers announced she would resign her state Senate seat to focus solely on her run for governor.
More on her campaign: https://www.mae4tn.com/
Randy Body is a Knoxville businessman and owner of the Tennessee Smokies baseball team. He also chairs 'tnAchieves', a partner organization to the Tennessee Promise. Boyd announced his run for governor on March 6, 2017.
More on his campaign: https://randyboyd.com/