NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Balancing the jobs of being a top lawmaker and a candidate for Governor is no easy task. Several are doing it this election year in Tennessee.
Republican Beth Harwell hopes that she becomes the first Tennessee House Speaker in more than three decades to be Governor.
“I think it plays very well into becoming the next Governor of the state, similar to what Ned Ray McWherter did,” says Harwell.
Democrat Ned McWherter rode into the Governor’s chair in 1987 after 14-years as Speaker of a House controlled by his party. Republican Harwell hopes to do the same thing, only now with her party in control.
“I think I have been fortunate to be the Speaker of the House when we have had some of our boldest most successful reform efforts in the state of Tennessee,” says Harwell.
Most notably is the K-12 education reform pushed by outgoing Governor Bill Haslam, which has led to improved test scores. Then there is the opioid crisis, where her leadership will be tested.
“We are going to