Sen. Mark Green sets up gubernatorial campaign for 2018

Republican state Sen. Mark Green has filed the paperwork to run for governor in 2018, following up on a “listening tour” of the state and other promotional activities. He’s the first to set up a campaign organization and file with the Registry of Campaign Finance to begin raising money.

Further from The Tennessean:

Green told The Tennessean on Thursday he has hired Darren Morris, state director for Trump’s campaign, to lead his effort to become governor. Morris was hired in September 2015 to lead Trump’s campaign inside Tennessee.

Green said no formal campaign announcement would be made until after the 2017 legislative session, which convenes Tuesday.

“I don’t want the session to be clouded by my run for governor,” he said.

Green made 34 stops during the statewide tour, which he said confirmed his interest to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam.

“It’s helped make my decision final,” he said.

“I’ve got the skill set, experience and leadership to take Tennessee to the next level. My sense of duty will not allow me to walk away from that.”

And, from the Nashville Post:

Gov. Bill Haslam, then mayor of Knoxville, announced his own campaign eight years ago nearly to the day, a fact cited by Green when asked about the early start to the 2018 campaign. Yet this is not the official kickoff to his campaign, which he says will come after the upcoming legislative session.

Green has had a busy week; he filed 10 bills on Wednesday, including two expected tax cuts, but he told The Post that’s not part of his campaign for governor.

“That’s just part of my job as senator,” he said by phone Thursday. “The people of Clarksville sent me down to be a senator.”

Note: Green has a promotional website HERE.

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