Gubernatorial candidate holds town hall at agricultural building

By | July 2, 2018 9:04 am

Tommy Guy (left), a longtime member of White County’s volunteer fire service, welcomes Bill Lee, Republican candidate for governor, to the agriculture complex during a recent town hall meeting.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee visited White County, on June 29, to hold a town hall meeting at the Agricultural Complex, at the fairgrounds.

Lee spoke of his upbringing on his family’s farm, in Middle Tennessee, and how rural communities and small towns are especially dear to him.

Lee went on to say that education will be one of his main focuses, should he become governor, specifically high school students and making sure that they are prepared for work life once they graduate.

“I have a deep belief that skilled trade is a critically important part of the future of this state,” said Lee. “I run a company that was picked by the Tennessean to be the best company to work for in Nashville last year, but we can’t fill the skilled trade job openings that we have.”

Lee suggested that there be more done about skilled trades training for youth who are still in high school. He explained that four out of 10 students do not go to college and that they should not be allowed to fall through the cracks.

Lee stated that several years ago his previous wife died from a farming accident, and for eight years he raised his four children alone. During this time, he said he made a lot of changes in his life. He married Maria, whom he is married to today, he also became more involved with his church by going on several missionary trips with his children, and he became involved with prison ministry.

“I share this because the Lord used that season in my life in a very profound way,” says Lee. “That time in my life changed the way I raised my kids, changed the way I looked at my company, and changed the way I looked at my future.”

Lee refers to himself as a “conservative outsider.” By this he means that he has no background in politics but said he has a deep background in being a Tennessean and a family man.

“I’m a cattle farmer, a businessman, a husband, father, grandfather, and a seventh-generation Tennessean,” said Lee. “I’ve never run for office before, but I’ve spent the last 35 years building my business and raising a family.”

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