Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who has been included in speculation about 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidates, says he’s not running. At least not now.
From the Commercial Appeal:
Hargett was among several Republicans included in early speculation after the Nov. 4 election about potential candidates to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam, since Haslam can’t run for a third consecutive term.
But Hargett, who is in the middle of a four-year term, found such speculation uncomfortable and issued a statement Friday saying, “I am not running for governor in 2018. While I am honored to be mentioned and thought of in this regard, I am focused on being the best secretary of state I can be and the best one our state has ever had. The people of Tennessee deserve nothing less. I would rather focus on what’s now, rather than what’s next.”
“I am deeply appreciative of the trust placed in me by the General Assembly and I still have much I hope to accomplish as Tennessee’s Secretary of State.”
Hargett was a state representative from the Bartlett area from 1996 to 2006 and was Republican leader in the House during part of that tenure. He was appointed a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority in 2008 and was there until the state legislature appointed him secretary of state in January 2009. He was appointed to a second four-year term in January 2013.