|Mike McWherter will seek governor’s office in 2010
|Posted: Friday, May 1, 2009 9:16 am
| A Jackson businessman and son of popular former Gov. Ned McWherter announced last Thursday he will seek the governor’s office on the democratic ticket in 2010.
Mike McWherter currently lives in Jackson and helps run the family’s beer distribution business. He is a graduate of Union City High School and Vanderbilt University, where he obtained his law degree in 1981.
According to McWherter’s Web site, he is ready for the challenge of seeking a state office. He pondered a run two years ago to unseat Sen. Lamar Alexander, but opted out over fund raising concerns and an intense campaign season.
His site says his campaign will address concerns regarding unemployment in the state.
“This campaign will be about jobs, investing in education to build a strong economy, and government that continues to be fiscally responsible” McWherter said.
He released the following statement.
“Tennesseans face challenges today that are tougher than many have ever faced before. Families are struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet. Because of the dismal national economy, hard-working men and women in Tennessee are losing the jobs that have supported their families for years. I hear about more of these job losses and difficulties every day from all across our state.
“After talking with my family and with Tennesseans in every part of our state, I believe I have the tools needed to really help our struggling families and move our state forward — and that is why I’m running for Governor of Tennessee. Growing up, I learned a lot about hard work and about the value of a job. I learned that the job of the Governor of Tennessee is to put the people of this state first — to look out for them and to give it your all.“
“In the months ahead, I will talk with Tennesseans from all 95 counties about how our state can better serve them during these difficult times. I will outline the ways we can work together to create more good-paying jobs across our state. We will work together to give our students the education they need to be successful after graduation, and we will work to ensure Tennesseans have access to affordable, quality health care. We will also build on Governor Bredesen’s successes to make our state government more effective, responsible and accountable to Tennessee taxpayers.
“I look forward to visiting with Tennessee families to discuss these issues, their other concerns and our shared vision for the future of our great state.”
McWherter is facing a crowded field of candidates on the Democratic tickets including Sen. Roy Herron, former state House Majority Leader Kim McMillian of Clarksville and Ward Cammock, a Nashville businessman.
Republicans who have also announced include Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, U.S. Rep Zach Wamp and Memphis prosecutor Bill Gibbons.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has formed an exploratory committee.