Gov. Bill Haslam made a brief stop in Mt. Juliet on Tuesday while on the campaign trail prior to Thursday’s Republican primary.
The Wilson County Republican Party sponsored the visit at Courtney’s Restaurant, where Haslam thanked his supporters and community members.
“It is my privilege as chairman of the Wilson County Republican Party, I am proud to have the governor here today,” said Pat Fields.
Haslam encouraged the attendees to help make sure others got out to vote.
“It is great to be here with friends,” Haslam said. “I appreciate the mayors being here. We’re just going out and reminding people to go out and vote.”
He gave some brief highlights from his time as governor.
“We cut the sales tax on groceries, we have the lowest rate of debt, and we are one of only four states that has increased the budget for [kindergarten through 12th-grade] education.”
Local Dan Fairfax, who lives near the newly completed bridge over the Cumberland River, said he appreciates that bridge, as well as the widening of Highway 231 to four lanes. He is also a proponent of First Lady Crissy Haslam’s Read 20 program.
“Crissy’s effort in the Book 20 program - I have two grandkids in the Metro-Nashville Schools who participate in that, and I am very happy with it,” Fairfax said.
“I was here four years ago when he came to Wilson County, and I’m happy to have him back.”