By BROOKE WANSER
On Thursday, gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee announced over 100 business leaders across the state had joined together to form an advisory coalition for his political campaign.
Lee, the chairman of Lee Company, a family-owned regional construction and home services business, said the group would help him keep in close contact with a community he wants to serve.
“I’ve spent my entire professional life in business and I appreciate the support of these impressive leaders,” Lee said in a written release. “Business leaders know how to make a payroll, create jobs and grow our economy, and we need more of their know how and expertise to help improve government even more.”
The coalition will be led by three co-chairs, representing each of the three divisions of the state.
- Kelly Wolfe, Mayor of Jonesborough and President of Wolfe Development – East Tennessee
- Cordia Harrington, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Bakery Cos. – Middle Tennessee
- Ruste Via, Chief Executive Officer of Christian Family Medicine – West Tennessee
“As business leaders, we know Bill Lee is the most qualified candidate to lead Tennessee into the future. Bill brings real world business experience and principles to make government more efficient,” Harrington said in a written release. “From startups to running companies that employ thousands in our state, we all know Bill will make Tennessee the best place to do business with a thriving economy that provides quality jobs for Tennessee families.”
Lee ‘s bid is one in a packed field, which includes State House Speaker Beth Harwell, former mayor of Nashville Karl Dean, former state senator Mae Beavers, U.S. Representative Diane Black, and former Tennessee commissioner Randy Boyd.
He spent the summer of 2017 traveling in an RV to 95 counties in 95 days to meet with local citizens and hear their concerns; Lee himself grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Fernvale.
For the full list of coalition members, visit billlee.com/business-coalition.