Fitzhugh, Lee land endorsements from Times Free Press

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Craig Fitzhugh have landed gubernatorial primary endorsements from the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates talk education during SCORE event at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, January 23, 2018. (Photo credit: Belmont University)

On the conservative side of the opinion pages, Clint Cooper writes that “Tennessee Republicans can feel fortunate they have an embarrassment of riches in their gubernatorial primary to replace term-limited Republican Bill Haslam.” But he says Lee’s outside perspective along with his business and farming experience make him the best choice. He also lauds Lee for trying to remain above the fray amid the negative advertising by his rivals.

On the left-leaning Times side, Pam Sohn writes that Fitzhugh is “dedicated to the expansion of Medicaid, approving medical marijuana, common-sense gun regulation and education — especially early childhood education.”

On the Republican side, the Times opinion page would choose Beth Harwell.


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