Haslam visits in support of candidates
Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 5:00 pm
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Union City was thrust into the politcal spotlight Tuesday afternoon with a visit from Gov. Bill Haslam, who headlined a lunch and Republican pep rally dowtown.
The governor was joined at the Eddie Cox Senior Citizens Center by state Reps. Bill Sanderson and Andy Holt and by state Senate hopeful John Stephens.
As he took center stage at the lunch, the governor flashed his signature smile and welcomed the more than 120 people at the event with a simple greeting, “It’s fun to be here.”
From there, Haslam used his time to recite the accomplishments of his administration during his first term. He talked about the state budget, the buildup of the state’s rainy day fund, tax cuts, education reforms and Tennessee’s recognition as one of the country’s most well managed states.
“Where we can, we want to run government in the most effective way possible,” he announced to a round of applause from the crowd.
Haslam went on to bring a little humor to his speech as he talked about his recent recruiting trip to Japan.
“We’ll go to any lengths to bring jobs to Tennessee,” he announced.
Economic growth for the state has been one of the pillars of Haslam’s administration and he encouraged his audience to help him keep his “team” intact to keep Tennessee on the right track.
Tuesday afternoon’s campaign rally also featured remarks from the three Republican candidates, who stressed the importance of getting out the vote.
The rally was strategically planned, with early voting for the November General Election starting today.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger .com. Published in The Messenger 10.17.12