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McWherter, Black visit TWHNC

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mike McWherter, Democratic nominee for governor, shakes hands with a visitor at Friday evening's Celebration.
(T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter and U.S. House candidate Diane Black visited the Celebration on Friday, eager for the chance to greet potential voters.

McWherter is a past visitor to the Celebration whose cousin once exhibited here.

Black, a state senator from Gallatin, made her first Celebration visit on Friday.

"It's beautiful," she said. "I won't miss it again."

Black is the Republican nominee for the 6th District U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Bart Gordon. She said her campaign is going "very well."

A unity tour on Thursday took her to several sites in the district accompanied by most of her opponents in the Republican primary -- with one notable exception, Lou Ann Zelenik, with whom Black waged a bitter primary battle. Black, Zelenik and State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville finished in a three-way race so tight that it was several days before Zelenik and Tracy conceded defeat.

"We're moving forward," said Black when asked about Zelenik's absence on Thursday.

Black said the issue most raised by voters during her campaign appearances is "debt, debt, debt," followed by jobs and repeal of the recent health care reform package.

She said she wants to hear more from Bedford County and other voters in the district about their concerns.

State Sen. Diane Black, accompanied by State Rep. Pat Marsh (center), talked to potential voters at the Friday night Celebration. Black is the Republican nominee for the 6th District U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Bart Gordon.
(T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
The Democratic nominee in the race is Brett Carter, an attorney and also a Gallatin resident.

McWherter, a businessman, is the Democratic nominee for governor and the son of former Gov. Ned McWherter. McWherter, who was unopposed in this month's Democratic primary, said he was "really pleased" with the progress of his campaign. He said he spent the summer months concentrating on rural areas and would concentrate more on the urban areas.

"I've had a great reception everywhere I've been," said McWherter.

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam is the Republican nominee.

McWherter said his approaches to jobs and education are what will differentiate him from Haslam. He said he favors expansion of pre-kindergarten programs, which Haslam opposes. He also said his approach to job creation will be a tax credit for small businesses based on each new job added, similar to a program now in place in Illinois. Illinois gave a $2,500 tax credit for each new job created with a salary of at least $25,000, provided the job remained filled for 12 months. He said Haslam's job proposal, to create regional economic development centers, was "more bureaucracy."

Both Haslam and Carter are scheduled to visit the Celebration next weekend.