Governor Haslam sends letter to those running for his job

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Governor Bill Haslam is offering some formal advice to his successor. 

It comes in a letter sent to the major candidates that begin with the words, “Dear Governor-Elect.” 

“What I was trying to say is, here are some of the challenges you will face… as opposed to some of the things that get talked about at political events,” Haslam said Thursday at an event where he touted a new state education program for tomorrow’s jobs. 

In the letter, Haslam told the candidates they would be dealing with issues like controlling the cost of the state’s Medicaid program TennCare, while still providing $1.5 million low-income Tennesseans with medical insurance. 

Maintaining and increasing recent education gains are right at the top, as well in the governor’s letter, but while talking about the candidates, Haslam also made a pitch to voters about the governor’s race. 

“I think that every poll you see out there shows a lot of folks out there who are undecided, and I hope those undecideds are not just people who will not vote,” he said.  

Millions of Tennesseans have their chance now that early voting has begun. 

It goes through Saturday, July 28 before the statewide primary election day on August 2. 

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