House Speaker Beth Harwell has received her second major endorsement over the past several days in the Republican primary for governor, winning the support of the Tennessee Education Association, which recognized her as the only educator in the race.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Tennessee Education Association,” Harwell said. “Education is my top priority, and as Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, I have led some of our boldest reforms that resulted in Tennessee being one of the fastest improving states in education.
“As a former teacher, I understand and value the work our educators do day-in and day-out, and I am grateful for TEA’s support. As governor, I will continue to have an open door and listening ear for teachers and parents, always keeping in mind the best interests of students who represent the future of Tennessee.”
The TEA’s endorsement comes on the heels of another major endorsement for Harwell. The Tennessee State Employees Association put its support behind her late last week. She is the only Republican candidate for governor to receive major back-to-back endorsements.