Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett won't seek governorship in '18

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett won't seek governorship in '18

November 22nd, 2014 by The Commercial Appeal in Local - Breaking News

Secretary of State Tre Hargett participates in a meeting of the State Election Commission in Nashville in this 2011 file photo.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett participates in a...

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NASHVILLE - Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says he's not running for governor in 2018.

Hargett was among several Republicans included in early speculation after the Nov. 4 election about potential candidates to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam, since Haslam can't run for a third consecutive term.

But Hargett, who is in the middle of a four-year term, found such speculation uncomfortable and issued a statement Friday saying, "I am not running for governor in 2018. While I am honored to be mentioned and thought of in this regard, I am focused on being the best secretary of state I can be and the best one our state has ever had. The people of Tennessee deserve nothing less. I would rather focus on what's now, rather than what's next."

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