Beth Harwell wants to continue strong fiscal record with gubernatorial run

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, who is running to be the GOP's 2018 candidate for governor, talks in her office in the Cordell Hull Building on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Name: Beth HarwellPolitical Party: RepublicanAge: 60Education: Bachelor’s degree, David Lipscomb University; master’s degree, George Peabody College; doctorate, Vanderbilt UniversityFamily: Husband, Sam Harwell; three children, Allie, Sam and TuckerWork: Assistant professor at Belmont University; state legislatorVolunteer/service: Harwell has served on numerous boards, councils and foundations, including the Tennessee State Museum Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee, and the Nashville Children’s Theater Board of Trustees.Why