Jeb Bush names Frist, three Chattanoogans for TN presidential delegate slate

Jeb Bush names Frist, three Chattanoogans for TN presidential delegate slate

October 15th, 2015 by Andy Sher in Local Regional News

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reacts to a supporter during the Scott County Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner in Davenport, Iowa. Bush is proposing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's signature federal health care law. The former Florida governor released a two-page plan Oct. 12 to increase tax credits for individuals to buy coverage and give more power to states to regulate health insurance. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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NASHVILLE -- Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the state's current and former top jobs recruiter and three Chattanoogans are among Republicans on GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush's Tennessee delegate slate.

In a Bush campaign news release today, Frist, who is running as an at-large delegate, said "Jeb has the most serious policy agenda in the field and will make a great president."

The Bush campaign, meanwhile, is boasting that Bush is the first GOP campaign to organize a full delegate slate in Tennessee for the March 1 presidential primary. 

Delegates run either by Congressional District or at-large. 

Third Congressional delegates from Chattanooga are business and civic leader Jim Frierson, CBL & Asssociates Properties Vice President Michael Lebovitz and Hayes Ledford, a former Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce vice president and one-time top aide to state House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga.

Other delegates includes Bill Hagerty, former Tennessee commissioner of economic and community development, who is running as a 5th Congressional District delegate, and Randy Boyd, who replaced Hagerty as the state's top jobs recruiter. Boyd is running as an at-large delegate.

Hagerty said Bush's economic positions and "proven record of implementing conservative reforms" are what drew him to the campaign.

Steve Smith of Nashville, a major GOP fundraiser, is another at-large delegate. 

Tom Ingram of Tennessee, a senior advisor to the Bush campaign, said "organizing a presidential campaign in Tennessee is tougher than in some other places, and this shows enthusiasm and momentum for Jeb Bush in one of the important 'SEC primary' states."

2016 Delegate Slate

Congressional District 1
Paul Chapman
David Golden
Alan Levine
Alicia Mumpower
John Smyth

Congressional District 2
Jane Gamble Chedester
Hobart Rice
Susan Richardson Williams

Congressional District 3
Peter Avisto
Robert C. Divine
Jim Frierson
Michael Lebovitz
Hayes Ledford

Congressional District 4
Adam Coggin
Mike Greene
Dr. Richard (Nate) Schott

Congressional District 5
Former ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty
Chrissy Hagerty
Joseph Williams

Congressional District 6
Greg Butcher
Jon Moffett
Jessica Dickenson Stephens
Tommy Whittaker
Dan Wright
Sharon Qualls York

Congressional District 7
Patrick Baggett
Mary Kate Brown
Katherine Carrigan
Philip Graham
Dr. Ray White

Congressional District 8
Paul Boyd
Garrett Dorris
Steve Maroney
Dustin Summers
Becky West

Congressional District 9
Kelly Gilmer
John Golwen
Benjamin Orgel
Barbara Thornton

At Large
Susie Alcorn
Thomas Bottorff
State ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd
Josh Brown
Nathan Buttrey
Senator Bill Frist
Christi Gibbs
John M. Gillespie
Brenda Graham
State Deputy Environment and Conservation Commissioner Brock Hill
David Howard
Former state Rep. Julia Hurley
Beverly Wheeler Johnson
Larry Kidwell
Tony Roberts
Steve Smith
Chris Walker
State Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis


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