Bill Lee stops at Farmers Market in downtown Jackson

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee speaks to attendees at a campaign stop at West Tennessee Farmer's Market in Jackson, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee speaks to attendees at a campaign stop at West Tennessee Farmer’s Market in Jackson, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. HENRY TAYLOR/The Jackson Sun

By Brandon Shields  |  Jackson Sun

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee was at the West Tennessee Farmers Market on Wednesday during a mini-tour of the region.

He preceded the Jackson stop with an appearance in McKenzie and then planned to make stops in Humboldt and Union City.

“When we won the primary, it just happened that there were 95 days between that day and the general election,” Lee said to the crowd of about 200 people on Wednesday. “And it popped in my head during my speech that we were going to go to all 95 counties in 95 days, and I hadn’t said anything to my wife about it.”

While he may have surprised his wife, Maria, with that declaration, Lee and his campaign have held true to the statement as they continue to discuss key issues of the election with supporters and potential voters.

After his speech, Lee was asked about a possible response to a challenge laid out by his opponent, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Karl Dean, to a possible series of town hall meetings where the two would meet together with voters in town squares across the state.

“We’ve been in communication with their campaign and have agreed to have a few debates,” Lee said. “I think that’s enough for the voters to get information they need about us.”

Lee gave supporters there a chance to get to know him better. He talked about his experience as a business leader in Middle Tennessee and his faith in Jesus Christ.

He also mentioned how nonprofit organizations are key to solving a lot of the problems Tennesseans face.

“When we went on our faith tour and talked to different leaders; and they’re the answer for a lot of our problems,” Lee said. “They’re the answer, and not the government.

“Government is the problem, and we need to solve that.”

Lee also talked about the early part of his campaign in which he did make it to all 95 counties in 95 days.

“There were some days where we showed up and no one was there to greet us, and I told my wife I wasn’t sure how this would turn out,” Lee said. “But we hung in there and stuck to our campaign strategy, and now we’re ready to take on the next election.”

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