Continuing today’s theme of individuals announcing they won’t run for a particular office, Knox County (Knoxville) Mayor Tim Burchett (R) answered definitively that he will not seek the open Governor’s office next year. At this point, the Republican field appears weak though most appear to be waiting for a decision from US Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin). The Congresswoman has been expected to enter the race for months, and remains a probable candidate. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean leads the Democratic side. Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is ineligible to seek a third term.
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