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VOL. 133 | NO. 163 | Friday, August 17, 2018

State Rep. David Hawk Announces Tennessee House Speaker Bid in Contested Race

The Associated Press

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republican Rep. David Hawk has announced that he is running for state House speaker, setting up a contested race to succeed Speaker Beth Harwell.

Hawk confirmed his candidacy in a news conference Wednesday.

The Greeneville lawmaker mentioned that he opposed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's roads funding law that increased the gas tax while decreasing other taxes. Hawk proposed an alternative bill without the gas tax increase, but the Haslam measure won out.

Rep. Curtis Johnson of Clarksville also has announced he's running for speaker. House Majority Leader Glen Casada of Franklin also is likely to seek the job. Both voted for Haslam's roads law.

Harwell gave up her legislative seat for a failed Republican bid for governor.

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PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0