Harwell makes run for Tennessee Governor official

House Speaker Beth Harwell
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has officially announced her run for Tennessee Governor.

Harwell made the announcement Sunday by way of her Twitter account.

“Every Tennessean should have the opportunity to succeed & prosper,” said Harwell. “That’s why I am running to be TN’s next Governor.”

The first woman ever elected as House Speaker in Tennessee had been quietly calling people over the last week telling them she was definitely running for governor.

The announcement has long been expected as Harwell had attended a variety of local political events all over the state in recent months.

Harwell joins State Senator Mae Beavers, former state economic commissioner Randy Boyd, and Franklin businessman Bill Lee as the other candidates who have officially announced they will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

Middle Tennessee congressional member Diane Black is also expected to join the race.

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is the only Democrat to announce a gubernatorial bid.

Both party primaries for governor are in August of 2018.