Sen. Mae Beavers eyes run for governor

State Sen. Mae Beavers said Monday she is “exploring” a possible run for governor to provide a more conservative option to other Republican candidates — especially if Sen. Mark Green abandons his candidacy  for governor and is instead appointed U.S. Army secretary.

From the Tennessean:

“After the announcement of Senator Green possibly being secretary of the Army, I had calls for a couple of days, and we decided to explore the possibility,” Beavers said.

She has not filed any official paperwork and is still in the very early stages of a potential campaign.

“It’s a great country, and if people think they ought to run, they should run,” Green said. He directed any questions to the speculation of the secretary of the Army position to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

…Republicans Randy Boyd and Green have already officially declared. House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, and U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who represents parts of Beavers’ district, also are considering campaigns.

Beavers said she would not consider a run for Congress if Black was elected governor next year.

“If I wanted that seat, I would have run the first time that district was available because I represented 10 of the 15 counties,” Beavers said. “I don’t want to go to Washington.”

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