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Beavers, Black and Harwell on hopes of becoming first woman TN governor

Comments collected by The Tennessean from three women running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination on the prospect of becoming the first female to hold office as Tennessee governor:

Diane Black: “It would be truly historic but I will tell you even more historic to me is to know that I would be the 50th governor of the state of Tennessee. That is the history that we would make.”

Beth Harwell: “I don’t think anyone should vote for me because I am a woman but I would tell you the historical significance is great. And it’s especially so because in the year 2020 this state will celebrate a hundred years of being the state that made it possible for women to earn the right to vote. I think it’d be nice to have a female governor at that point.”

Mae Beavers: “Of course it would have significance. It would kind of be overwhelming I would think. But it’s all about doing what’s right for the state of Tennessee.”

Group promoting election of Democratic women names TN XD

News release from Tennessee Emerge

Nashville —Emerge Tennessee has named a Memphis native as Executive Director. Kristal Knight, a former executive in the office of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser as well as a member of the team of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, will officially join Emerge Tennessee Feb. 21. Emerge Tennessee is the 17th and southernmost affiliate of Emerge America, which inspires  Democratic women to run for office and hones their skills to win. Emerge’s goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.

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