WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Add Wilson County State Senator Mae Beavers’ name to the growing list of those who said they may run for governor.
The long-time lawmaker told News 2 that after word Republican Montgomery County State Senator Mark Green might be under consideration for Secretary of the Army, she “got calls for two days looking for a conservative candidate.” She also told News 2 in an on-camera interview that some people from Mountain City to Memphis and “all over the state” have been asking her to run for six months.
“I am exploring the idea,” she said.
The lawmaker said she “did not consider it” while Senator Green was in the race.
Senator Beavers said, “He will probably be picked for Secretary of the Army and they were asking me to get in the race.”
When asked when she might make a decision, Beavers said, “we’ll see how long it takes for Senator Green to get his background check and his decision and we will go from there.”
When asked if she thought it was a “done deal” that Green will become Secretary of the Army, Beavers replied, “I do. There is no reason that he won’t pass a background check.”
While serving in Iraq, Sen. Green, who is also a physician, was one of the first to examine Saddam Hussein after the former Iraqi leader’s capture.
In addition to Sen. Green, who has extensive military service, U.S. House Representatives Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn have been among those mentioned as potential Republican candidates, along with Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell.
On the Democratic side, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has officially announced, while Tennessee House Democratic leader Craig Fitzhugh is among those considering a run for governor.