Women candidates group honoring Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell

Women candidates group honoring Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell

September 24th, 2013 by The Tennessean in Local Regional News

House Speaker Beth Harwell presides over a floor session in Nashville in this file photo.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

A group that aims to encourage more women to go into politics plans to honor Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell.

Women in Numbers, a nonpartisan group that promotes women candidates, said Monday that it will give Harwell its "Trailblazer Award" at a ceremony in early October. The award comes as Harwell, the first woman elected speaker in Tennessee, has been leading a nationwide effort to get more women to run as Republicans for public office.

The GOP hopes to close the gender gap with voters, who have leaned toward Democratic candidates over the past three decades.

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