Democrat Bob Freeman eyes run for Harwell’s House seat

Bob Freeman, a real estate professional and son of prominent Tennessee Democratic donor Bill Freeman, is considering running in 2018 for the House seat that’s being vacated by Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell, a candidate for governor, reports The Tennessean.

Freeman, 42, said he’s been approached by family, friends and neighbors about running for House District 56, a historically conservative seat that includes Green Hills and the affluent satellite cities Belle Meade, Oak Hill and Forest Hills.

In a statement, Bob Freeman said he plans to have “real conversations with Independents, Republicans and Democrats” in the coming weeks before making a final decision.

…”While this district has been served with distinction for nearly three decades, I look forward to learning what the community seeks in its next leader.”

Bob Freeman is vice president of real estate investment and development with Forestar Group Inc. In 2013 he co-founded Freeman Applegate Partners, an energy consulting and sustainable construction firm.

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