Bill Freeman says he will not run for Tennessee governor, encourages Fitzhugh to make bid

Bill Freeman says he is encouraging Tennessee Rep. Craig Fitzhugh to run for governor. -Official Photos

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Former Nashville mayoral candidate Bill Freeman has announced he will not be seeking a bid as Tennessee's governor.

Speaking with FOX 17's Harriet Wallace, Freeman says he won't make a run for the seat currently held by Governor Bill Haslam and while he will support a democratic candidate, it won't be former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

Dean, who announced his intentions to run on Sunday, is expected to file his paperwork Monday. As for Freeman's support, the former Downtown Urban Development Director is encouraging Representative Craig Fitzhugh to run for the office.

“Rep. Craig Fitzhugh is active across the state in Democratic races. He’s helped with countless races and has led in the legislature for more than 20 years. He knows more about the legislature than others know. He’s a great democrat. I’m doing everything I can to encourage him to run. If he runs I will endorse him and help," Freeman says.

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