- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell is open to a possible run for statewide office in Tennessee.

Harwell in an interview with the The Paris Post-Intelligencer (https://bit.ly/1w0tOgC ) said she was happy with her current position in charge of the 99-member House, but said she would “certainly be interested” in running for statewide office.

Harwell became the state’s first female House speaker when she was elected by the chamber in 2011.

Republican Rep. Tim Wirgau of the Henry County community of Buchanan cited Harwell’s House leadership for his belief that Harwell will become Tennessee’s “first woman governor.”

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam faces little-known Democrat Charlie Brown in his bid for a second term. The state constitution limits governors to two consecutive terms.

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Information from: The Paris Post-Intelligencer, https://www.parispi.net/

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