The final three of six major candidates for governor filed their official papers Monday to run for governor.
Republican businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville mayor and Democrat Karl Dean literally ran into each other outside the offices of the Division of Elections where both filed the petitions with the required names to get on the ballot.
House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh followed with his papers for governor later Monday afternoon.
Congressional member Diane Black filed her official papers last Thursday to run for governor.
Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell and former Republican state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd filed in March.
As each candidate has filed, we have caught up with them about their campaigns.
On Monday, it was Bill Lee after we talked with Rep. Black last Thursday.
One of the continued issues the next governor faces will be lingering questions about school security.
State lawmakers concede this year’s efforts are just a start.
Bill Lee favors an emphasis on mental health issue to curb potential school shooting violence.
“We start by pulling together experts around mental health and begin to say ‘how is it that we can change a culture, begin to change a culture’…not look so much at the shootings themselves, but what is behind them,” Lee told News 2.
Another issue is medical cannabis.
Bill Lee would not go there without first going another direction.
“I think there is a lot more to be looked at with regard to the low THC CBD oils and explore that further before we go to higher level THC level marijuana,” added Lee.
He asked about this year’s now stripped-down medical cannabis bill that only decriminalizes possession providing there’s a doctor’s order.
Lee said he would veto such a bill “until I knew more about an expanded use of non THC marijuana,”
Lee will be among the Republican candidates taking part in a statewide live debate to air on Tennessee Nexstar stations April 18th.