Democrat joins two Republicans in campaigning to succeed House Speaker Beth Harwell in House District 56

Bob Freeman, a Nashville real estate professional and son of prominent Tennessee Democratic donor Bill Freeman, announced his candidacy for the House District 56 seat now held by House Speaker Beth Harwell at a rally and fundraiser hosted by the Davidson County Democratic Party on Saturday night, reports The Tennessean.

Two Republicans are already running. He’s the first Democrat.

“Now, more than ever, we need elected citizens making informed decisions about the community’s best interest, not the special interests and irresponsible politicians that have soiled our political discourse,” Bob Freeman, 42, said in remarks shared with The Tennessean. 

“Together, we can address the challenges before us and set a new example of leadership for our children and grandchildren.” 

…Bob Freeman, vice president of real estate investment and development at Forestar Group Inc., filed paperwork late Friday with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, allowing him to begin raising money for the campaign. He’s appointed Nashville attorney Stephen Zralek as his treasurer.

…On the Republican side, Brent Moody, a surgeon, and Joseph Williams, an attorney, are seeking the GOP nomination.

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