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Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / ...Bill Lee, a Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, talks about his candidacy during a Chattanooga Times Free Press interview Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at his office in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn.

NASHVILLE — A new 30-second TV spot from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee's campaign touts the Williamson County businessman as the "only non-politician" in the race.

The ad, slated to begin airing statewide this coming week, features Lee, whose family-owned Lee Company provides construction, HVAC and other service building services. 

"Bill Lee is a leader," a narrator says as slow-motion images show Lee wearing a hard hat, safety goggles and a yellow vest as he walks through a multi-story building construction site. "He is the only conservative outsider. The only non-politician running for governor."

The ad shifts to Lee in an office setting interacting with workers as the annoucer says "he's built an incredibly successful company with over 1,200 employees. Bill's been voted the most admired CEO in Nashville and his Lee Company was named the best place to work in Middle Tennessee.

"Tennessee must have a leader as governor," the announcer says. "In a field of politicians, there is only one, Bill Lee."

The Lee campaign's "conservative outsider" theme is also being used by a Super PAC in radio ads that began airing last week. 

Other major Republican candidates in the GOP's Aug. 2 primary are U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin, Knoxville businessman and former state economic commissioner Randy Boyd and Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville.

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