A Johnson City realtor has officially announced she is running for Tennessee governor.Kay White is the newest candidate in the governor's race, making the announcement Saturday night at the Jonesborough Visitor Center.Some key issues she says she represents are to keep Tennessee from sanctuary city status, supporting state law enforcement and fighting against funding education for illegal immigrants.There were about 100 people there Saturday.In the race so far are republicans Mae Beavers, Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell and Bill Lee.The only democrat is former Nashville mayor Karl Dean. http://www.wcyb.com/news/tennessee/washington-county-tn/kay-white-officially-announces-shes-entering-race-for-tennessee-governor/591322008
JONESBOROUGH, TN (WJHL)- A longtime realtor in Johnson City officially announced she’s running to become Tennessee’s next governor on Saturday. Kay White made the announcement in front of about 100 people in Jonesborough over the weekend. White will be running on the GOP ticket, telling News Channel 11 God and family are at the center of her campaign. “And I think we need to go back to some of the old values, of God, and country, and family, and good work ethics, that is what I believe in,” White said. White also said she will continue to work as a real estate agent during her campaign. She joins an already crowded GOP ticket. State senator Mae Beavers, former economic development commissioner Randy Boyd, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, and businessman Bill Lee, have already announced their bid on the Republican side. So far former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is the only Democrat running for governor in 2018.
JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – A long-time Johnson City realtor and active Republican party member in Northeast Tennessee plans to run for governor. Kay White confirmed by phone to WJHL on Friday that she intends to make the announcement at an event at the Jonesborough Visitor Center on July 22 at 5 p.m. White said she felt like the state needs a leader who is strong on issues and has good judgment in character when it comes to selecting cabinet members. State Sen. Mae Beavers, who earlier this summer announced her bid for governor, had White’s backing until recently. “I had meant to be in support of Mae,” White said. “Let’s just simply say there were some people associated with her team that I didn’t feel would be…. had the best judgment should she win and they be appointed to cabinet positions.” White said she was not in favor of the recent gas tax that came with the Improve Act, was not in favor of Gov. Bill Haslam’s most recent budget and thinks less government is needed. “I believe Tennessee needs a strong leader who can stand up for the issues,” she said. White is also a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, whom she said needs the support of Tennessee’s governor. White plans to continue working as a residential realtor, which she has been for the past 25 years, in a limited capacity during the campaign. The declared Republican candidates for Tennessee’s August 2018 gubernatorial primary are Sen. Beavers, Randy Boyd and Bill Lee. Karl Dean is the only Democrat declared in the race.