By Andy Sher
NASHVILLE Gov. Phil Bredesen officially announced today he will run for a second four-year term, telling supporters that he is proud of what has been accomplished.
Ive had a lot of issues to deal with, and probably a couple of things I would have liked to deal with got pushed back a bit, the 62-year-old Democrat said.
During his appearance at state Democratic Party headquarters, Gov. Bredesen displayed a stack of what he said were about 25,000 signatures on his qualifying petition.
I think more than showmanship, it represents that we have put together ... a really strong network, said Gov. Bredesen, who as of Dec. 31 reported having $4.4 million in cash on hand in his campaign fund.
Gov. Bredesen said it is perfectly possible for state government to operate without an income tax.
State Sen. Jim Bryson, R-Franklin, also filed today to run for governor. He announced Tuesday that he was running against Gov. Bredesen.
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