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Sanderson honored as ‘Statesman’

Sanderson honored as ‘Statesman’
Bill Sanderson of Kenton has been honored by the Tennessee Republican Party as Statesman of the Year for the Eighth Congressional District of Tennessee.
Statesmen’s winners are selected based on exceptional service and involvement with the Republican Party and presented with an award at the TRP’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner, which was held Friday evening.
Sanderson accepted the award in front a crowd of about 1,400. 
“I’m honored the Tennessee Republican Party has presented me with a Statesman award,” said Sanderson, a District 77 state House of Representatives candidate.
“I truly believe this country and state benefit greatly from conservative leadership, which is why advancing the Republican Party’s principles has been such a passion of mine for so many years. I’m ready to take those efforts to the next level and fight on behalf of Dyer, Lake and Obion counties to promote conservative policies in Nashville,” Sanderson continued.
Award winners from congressional districts held by Republicans are chosen by those Republican members of Congress.
Award winners from congressional districts held by Democrats, such as the Eighth, are chosen by the Tennessee Republican Party.
“When making the decision about who to honor in the Eighth, we immediately thought of Bill,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“He is a successful business owner who time and again has gone above and beyond the call of duty for our party. Northwest Tennessee needs a strong conservative voice in the legislature who’s a friend to small business and an advocate for smaller government. Bill Sanderson is that candidate and we’re proud that he’s accepted the award of Statesman of the Year,” he said.
At the awards ceremony, Sanderson was introduced to dinner guests in a video that highlighted the 11 Statesmen’s winners.
The transcript of the portion about Sanderson follows:
“Bill Sanderson was born in Union City. A successful businessman, Bill has operated a furniture and appliance store for 29 years. His interests are many and include running marathons, operating a 10-acre vineyard, playing his trumpet and riding Tennessee Walking Horses. Long active in state politics, Bill currently serves as a Planning and Zoning commission member and School Board member. He is running as a candidate for state representative in Dyer, Lake and Obion counties. Bill and his wife Valerie have been married for 30 years and are the parents of three children.”
Published in The Messenger 7.1.10

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